SlickRicks' Minifeed


The Minifeed has moved (for all you people who haven't noticed this line sitting here for a few months now).  This page will stay put, but I'm now writing a "real blog" at Wordpress.

College Humor hits the right notes for a change.

I can only hope the U.S. Pirate Party gains such support.  Unfortunately, the U.S. has the added hurdle of geographic gerrymandering because that was the only way the 18th Century intelligentsia could disperse the peskier factions/interests.

The Thought Police don't like jokes or satire.

Michael Jackson is dead.

Advertent advertising?

Is Richard Posner, the patron saint of Pragmatists, really advocating barring hypertext linking?  Has he gone insane?

Captchas are becoming bizarre.

Unitasking is the new multitasking.

Worst joint venture name ever?

Send your name to Mars?  Why not?

I guess Paul deserves the other half of the Beatles' catalog...sigh.

Pretty easily the best banner ad I've ever seen.

Fark wins the Michael Jackson headline contest.

In the end, reporters will have lost their jobs to the crowd.

Twitter was never meant to be useful.

Truth in guerrilla advertising.

Can Year of the Whopper be far behind?

Maybe global warming will have one upside.

If it isn't already too late, read this letter before going to law school.

This is why you don't want a decision engine.

Swine flu at a Jewish summer camp?  That's not kosher.

I will continue to argue that the economics of zero are a game-changer to anybody who listens.

Science (fiction) can save us from ourselves.  As Thomas Frienman has said, "You want a green revolution?  Change your leaders, not your lightbulbs."

Newspapers start flailing about for a profitability model that is nowhere to be found.

Divergence in valuation.

"Detention." That's what she said. 

Wait, really? Don't use Twitter in case of fire?

Fast break at breakfast.

Zombieland might be more fun as a video game than movie, but it still looks pretty sweet.

Pizza Hut without the "Pizza" is like KFC without the "Chicken": truth in advertising.

Charlie Kaufman ripoff much?

Don't let your friends miss this too: the Arrested Development Documentary Project.

While Apple is working on the software of entertainment, Nokia is making potentially perpetual progress.

Most people forget that the (original) tragedy of the commons was about population control.

Great anti-prank. Got any others?

More like copywrong.

The Zombie Party of the U.S. needs to get un-undead.

Clay Shirky on Twitter and the decentralization of the printing press.

This headline does not accurately reflect the data the story presents.

Various illustrations of what's going on in Iran.  Because the mainstream media can't explain it.

Titlenomics (though sadly lacking a discussion in memeology).

Donate your CPU's idle time to scientific charity!

Idiot-proof at least.

Jumanjiopoly!

Finally! A creation story I can get behind.

More evidence that anarchic news has conventional news beat.  And people wonder why newspapers are going the way of the dodo.

Go Pirates!  No, not the San Diego variety.

Teh internets can haz sum funny pics.

Divorce notice via status update.

Jimmy Fallon is so lame that he had to resort to challenging Betty White at beer pong, which just makes Betty White awesome more than anything.

George Lucas: then and now.

Tip jars playing to emotions other than guilt.

Some pictures of The Quarrymen.  You know who they are, even if it doesn't sound familiar, trust me.

The one question bar review classes can't give you the answer to: Why are you working so hard?

A cookbook for people like me who abjure recipes.

Who needs those pesky constitutional rights anyway?

It's always drunk in Philadelphia.

Zach Galifianakis is funny even to pre-schoolers.

Empirical tools of persuasion and inducement.

Well-timed melons.

30 Rock = the Muppet Show.  Can't believe I didn't notice that before.

Dave Eggers, in his typically cocksure mien, bespeaks a solution to the death of printed newspapers that McSweeny's is soon to unveil. I have to admit I am excited to see what is in store.

Another indicator that we are in a recession.

Some parenting tips I might actually follow.

[The Onion] Obama Drastically Scales Backs Goals for America After Visiting Local Denny's.

Pau Gasol + Kobe Bryant = Hugo Boss model?

The Worst looks like the best foray into the magazine world I've seen lately.

Mapping teh interwebnets.

WTF on so many levels.

Clever sexual questioning.

Bad news for economic conservatives: the assumption of rationality in market actors is becoming increasingly untenable.  Fitting, since economists had always assumed their way out of analytical problems, but this time, they assumed us into one.

The Beatles Rock Band may be epic, but I really like the looks of the new Metroid game as well...too bad I don't play many video games any more.

How to get the girl (based on successful attempts).

Wolfram|Alpha Easter eggs abound.  And Microsoft's Bing is another new (sometimes self-undermining) entrant into the search game.

Now that the Economist agrees, will everyone else?

Four horsemen of the nerdpocalypse.

Conan is artful in so many ways.

Black marker photoshopping for the Saudis' sake.

Infographics and data visualization can be an art.

Not sure scientific confirmation was really necessary, but now it's official that conservatism and cognitive ability are inversely correlated.  Similarly, the correlation of skill and fame by profession is about what you'd expect.

Good use of moderation by Wikipedia: no more Scientology.

While Mega Man 2.5 looks incredible, it's almost certainly a copyright violation as an unauthorized derivative work.  Damn you, copyright law!

Google Wave...so many puns about how this is the future of communication...must resist.

If you like tennis...

Lego and Tetris ice blocks would be fun for the 5-10 minutes that they retain their form.

Huxley > Orwell.

Memes missing memes and other meme scenery.

Scary federal incompetence and/or evasiveness.

Someone who hasn't even seen the Star Wars movies managed to butcher the series less than Lucas did with the prequels.

V looks like it is going to gain my devotion.

The science news cycle.  Think about what stage of the information filtration/dissemination chain you read things.

This is what an American freedom fighter actually looks like.

Tragedy and comedy are indeed two sides of the same coin.

Statistically improbable phrasing: an empirical measure of creativity?

Diversity is an important indicator of a college's quality on many levels.

Ghostbusters III should be pretty amazing since Dan Akroyd hasn't been doing anything for the past 10 years but writing the script and gaining weight.

This comic accurately summarizes my views on death very succinctly.

We should really try to take music back out of the can.

I hope Guy Ritchie doesn't ruin Sherlock Holmes with all of his very obvious stylistic touches, or at least that Robert Downey Jr. saves it with his own.

I have a stack of new Danger Mouse CDs lying around?

Not sure if I'd prefer this to an organ donor card.

Religion or mediocre trilogy?

Some heavy-handed public service.

Some worthwhile optical illusions.

4chan: worthless.

Google's terms of use are scary for more than just the lack of privacy guarantees.

Johnny Cash was a bigger badass in real life than Chuck Norris ever was in fiction.

All work and no play make Cookie Monster a dull boy.

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.  Wow.

Assuming this libel tourism bill is constitutional, it is a great move to protect free speech by California.

Confidence-boosting pranks, where everyone's a winner.

It's 2 a.m.  What are you doing?

Most offensive magic trick ever?

@Helen_Keller proves my belief that Twitter is an amazing medium for meta-humor and commentary.

A Wes Anderson parody and homage to the fullest extent.

Despite the superfluous first names, Woody Allen and Larry David should be a winning combination.

A small peek into the continued death of privacy.

Fun with physics.

Suck these nuts?

NYC Subway Advisory.

What goes around comes around.

SNL's new digital short is a worthy follow-up.

Obama is funny too?

Google is trying to pretend that it's not evil...keep trying.

I ain't 'fraid of no ghosts.

Photoshop fail.

Now there's a shot for men.  Yes, that kind of shot.

The redneck tanktop is truly disturbing.

Play him off, keyboard cat!

One of the crazy-coolest music videos I've ever seen. 

Religion is cornered by Darwinism again if you look at the function of the word (ok, narrative) in evolution.

It is no surprise that to be great, you must embrace the madness; the world is a crazy place.

Today's installment of trying to get people to visualize large numbers, brought to you by Obama budget cuts.

This might be the first time I've thought Autotune made something much better.

Google has certainly stopped following that "Don't be evil" rule.  Even when it goes green it pisses off PETA.  Okay, maybe the last bit isn't so evil.

Maybe now Scalia will understand how far privacy has fallen?

The freedom to offend is a necessary component of freedom of speech, thought, or any other freedom.

YooouuuTuuube is trippy as hell.

Internet safety guidelines.

It is fairly revealing of the New York Times' fear of anarchic media that an article on the death of Encarta could manage to avoid mentioning Wikipedia.

I want to leave a note like this without the trouble of getting into an accident.

Theories of hipster circularity

I love Fight Club theories.

This seems fake, but if it's not, it is an epically unintentionally hilarious website.  Google seems to show that it's not a fake.

Conservatives don't get it?

That little bastard.

I like the Economist's editorial stance about a lot of things, but bourbon is not one of them.

Assuming he's for real, this guy is one dope beatbox.

NPH is magical.

John McCain finally gets around to reminding us that in his day, waterboarding was grounds for hanging.  And these other old guys say that there are much better ways of making them talk.  And finally, hooray: Hannity is going to be waterboarded for the troops!

[McSweeney's] A day in the life of a supply-side economist

Nice collection of single serving sites, and an explanation of the meme.

As I once said in PPE, "We use many methods of self-improvement. I don't see how this is any different." 

Biggest douche on the internet.

No cure for cancer.

Logo fail.

Brilliant irony: Perez Hilton may have given rise to a discrimination claim by Miss California.

Texts from last night.  Brilliant.

Scientific explanation of magic.  Seems contradictory, but it's pretty great. 

The World Digital Library just opened and it's already obsolete

I think this article is what's off-target.

I'm surprised that almost 2 million bloggers can use it to make a living.  We'll see how long that lasts when advertisers learn about AdBlock.

Isaac Asimov's take on how Genesis was written.

Fun with meta: facebook quiz edition.

Return on investment is the real problem in Washington.

Good point, commenter.

Best. Typo. Ever.

Statebook: we should all be afraid of its accuracy.

A sad memorial.

Post this zombie survival reference guide in the workplace.

A great visualization of resource time horizons.

Decent cartoon on atheism and theodicy.

Good comic Friday.

Since when did I support massive infrastructure projects?  Obama has a strange effect on me.

Luddite, circa 1995.

I hope they have the same bonus structure at the DOJ.

Alas, no time, but maybe I'll be able to enter next year...

I'll have a pint of air please.

SNAKES ON A PLANE!

I don't think it's problematic for the government to interfere with an entirely non-competitive market.

I'm not sure this is accurate, but either way, Obama's a badass.

Best online post about online posts I've seen in a while.

I swear, I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just a lawyer.

Shortcut to catch-up.

The troops are having a blast!

Wasn't this on South Park?

One alternative mode of organizing films.

Meta-lol.

Best costume ever?

Some good evidence that correlation does not equal causation.

To tweet or not to tweet?  That is the question.  Whether 'tis nobler in 140 characters or less...

This is baseball country.

I've owned a copy of the leading edge of the board game revolution since 2002 or so.

In case you ever find yourself back in time (or a shitty Law Revue plot line).

Recursion is gimmicky but awesome.

Could proper grammar possibly come to the texting generation?

Is this dating site a joke?

Morality doesn't have to be internal to be valid, but Pragmatists would sure like to hear what evolutionary moral theorists have to say.

Eminem probably doesn't suck any more!

Why don't they make these sleeping bags in adult sizes?

Fox News is blaming Mr. Rogers for creating a generation of 0ver-entitlement.  Sorry, the baby boom generation was over-entitled long before we were.

Brings new meaning to "making money."

For the fire alarm victims this morning.

Yet another edition of measuring opportunity costs.

This is a pretty decent explanation of free culture for the non-savvy.  

Black market stimulus is such a sure thing, it'd never get any real traction. 

Clearly circular reasoning.

If you are a theist, this might be embarrassing.

I unabashedly love puns, but they do seem worse online than when they're just a fleeting part of conversation.

Prime sub not affected by sub-primes.

No one would look there.

Lego fun snacks?

Bill Maher on American Empire.

Dead pixel in Google Earth.

Star Wars engineering.

How are these not as catchy?

Hooray! New York just took one step away from idiotic Bush-era nationalism and rhetoric.

Caffeine is my performance enhancing drug of choice.

Philosiraptor.

Madoff made off.

Recessionary ingenuity.

In case you hadn't noticed, Where the Wild Things Are is going to be awesome.

Theodicy in Watchmen.

I can has millions? No, Kitty!

High-stakes RPS.  

Just in case you thought I was cool, I have indeed joined Twitter much to the chagrin of some (such as myself circa late 2008).

Deconstructionist ventriloquism performed by a hot chick.

It's not Twitter's fault: hate the player, not the game.

Fox News shouldn't try to attribute the financial collapse to Obama's presidency because they really don't want the correlation to equal causation.

If you read/loved Watchmen, buy the rest of the movie on DVD.  

America is the most litigious country in the world because the lawyers that write all the laws obviously have a undesirable institutional bias from a policy perspective that is no longer repudiated without some supervening bias.

My job is going to be a lot more interesting than it would have been before AIG.

Drinking and driving in Louisiana.

Subprime Scrabble = overvaluation of crap.

Vasectomies are a smart hedging strategy in tough economic times.

XKCD agrees with me about numbers!

Despite what you've heard, the subprime mortgage crisis is not a total rejection of Ayn Rand and/or libertarianism if you believe that the market does create externalities or information asymmetries. 

I wish I was a major in studio art.  Or at least known a few.

People should not be allowed to pose in pictures.

More data visualizations of the financial crisis and one about what people are discussing about Watchmen.

Good discrimination and a natural selection.  

McDonald's in other places does have spaghetti!

The technology of Minority Report (and likely invasion of privacy) is just around the corner, if TED is to be believed.

Remix culture has reached new heights of turning crap into gold.

Of the 15 strangest college courses in America, a plurality are in California and yes, Pitzer College makes the list.

Reaganomics and the case of the missing progressive tax rates.

Change has come to the White House.

Dr. Mario on health care reform.

This kid has some acoustic guitar skills, but something tells me those video cuts are hiding something.

Apparently Rush isn't the leader of the Republican party, this 14 year old kid is.  

UCBComedy may be my new favorite on YouTube: famous sketches as if redone by famous filmmakers and 9/11 adoptions are hilarious.

TheBrowser is a site that this one should aspire to.  I should probably convert platforms some time soon.

Why Americans should not travel.  I guess it's good that 37% have never left their hometown.

Some ridiculously good viral marketing by the NFL.

BigLaw firms are/were overleveraged just like the rest of the market.

More fun with Google Suggest: measuring intelligence of queriers.

Watchmen's cutting room floor will make for some real nice DVD extras. For another loose connection to Watchmen, when superpowers go wrong is moderately funny.

This chain is probably not coming to the U.S. anytime soon.

Go watch the Watchmen!  Then watch this.

Intergenerational Calvin & Hobbes.

The public's inability to comprehend numbers: "trillion" edition.

Teh internets are right about Rush.

Dang grammar Nazis.

Not sure why the source material is down, but I love the charmingly backwards causation implied by books and music that make you dumb.

The resemblance is uncanny.

[Laura] Hubris is apparently spelled "B-U-R-R-I-S."

Porn in the USA.

Many cheers for the death of the business method patent.

Michael & Michael will be back on Comedy Central.  Probably will be great for about 4 episodes.

Star Wars as classic art.

This inspiring video makes it seem like anything truly is possible with enough training.

Diseconomies of scale in social capital are caused by increasing transaction costs, or: people need attention.

I like "Twilight" just because of the hilarious and scathing reviews the book has generated. Rather Hegelian, eh?

Counter-cyclical assets?

I knew science would cure global warming, not a change in human nature. 

I like art based on comics and comics based on art.

If you're stupid then you're also with stupid.

How frequently is this question really asked?

HOORAY!  Andy is joining Conan on The Tonight Show!

Another handy-dandy (if slightly lewd) flowchart, and a more disgusting (in my opinion) infographic.

This law should be in effect everywhere.

Pretty wine bottles.  

Lucas in Love may be the greatest thing on the internet I had never seen until yesterday.

Cool sidewalk art.

How did this happen??

Calculating policy costs becomes difficult when your calculator only has 12 digits. 

Eye (candy) chart.

Spoiler alert.

Is that what the English think are badass tattoos?

Behold! The power of language.

Yet another incredibly easy to understand visualization of exactly what caused the credit crisis.

Some charts are more accurate than others, and some prophets are more honest than others.

As I've said before, Demetri Martin's is excellent. So is his new show.  And this 224-word palindromic poem he wrote.

Hmm, not so sure these would be fun to get into...fun to get out of, maybe.

Dinosaursfuckingrobots.com.  Ah, teh internets.

A WWF mashup I'd like to see happen in real life.

If you can simulate the internet with drawings on paper, you have way too much time on your hands.

Waiting for the Obama talks shit remixes.

Trilogy metering.

Facebook has officially changed its privacy policy to: we own your identity forever.

Does the Jackson family have a latent crazy/embarrassing gene that only expresses itself after about 30-40 years?

Jetpacks are here.

Kids say the darndest things.

Dave Letterman's guests always seem to be high on something.

Sabotagertising?

Far and away the best solution to the housing crisis I've come across.

A religion that even an atheist could agree with?

Some useful psychology: biochemical explanations of the market's animal spirits and that boys and girls are simply programmed to like different kinds of toys.

Canada has the right idea of how to get airlines running on time.

New Jersey retains the right to properly label itself.

"Rational ignorance" is a collective action problem of policy that will ruin us all.

Right-wingers can be sickening when cloaked in the relative anonymity of the internet.  Read the comments.

Some instant historical perspective, courtesy of mega-journalist Bob Woodward.

Michael Moore's new movie is apparently going to be about the bailout.

Famous, misunderstood legal statements.

Comparing opportunity costs lesson of the day: 4% of the bailout could end world hunger.

Norm + Conan = Comedy.

Catholics get science? Well, maybe not all of it.

Dave Chappelle has transcended comedy and is now a poet

Unintentionally funny ad placement of the day.

Whether or not Darwin was right or wrong is still very much disputed, sadly.

25 random things to make you look spontaneous and deep.

GPM > MPG.

Lock your S-Foils into stretch position with Star Wars yoga.

Try edumacating yourself with SmArt History.

Warning!

Performance issues?  Try Stimulis.

Alcohol may impair judgment?  Gee, I wish I had known that by now.

Houston, we have a problem.

I'm sure he's used some cherry-picked examples, but Krauthammer makes some excellent points about how increasingly apparent it is that the House Democrats believe that pork = stimulus, and Obama just feeding it to them.

Seriously, ABC?  Comparing Air Force One to bailout jets?

Well, Hillary will find out just how well that Saxbe fix works.

The Kermit/Bale phenomenon?

Why isn't there a blogging stimulus package? Might make it worthwhile.

Hacked road signs.

Hilarious, classic advertisements I had never seen before.

A great tool to monitor the status of the stimulus, and its heavy pork flavors.

Economists for the fail-out, not the bail-out.

A true Star Wars fan's dream.

A real philosophical assessment of the financial crisis.  Obviously, my favorite so far.

If anyone wants to buy me some Valentine's candy...

Kurt Warner lost the Superbowl because he's oxymoronic.  In other Superbowl news, the ads were pretty decent.  Quite a few were as clever as this business card.

Obama was all in favor of Americans using their freedoms until it involved using him.

A welfare state most should be able to agree on.

Let your kids get dirty or they'll be weaklings.

Because, really, what Jane Austen book wouldn't be better with zombies?

Hopefully (but unlikely) lost relics of the Bush era: political capitalism and scientific mysticism.

Kanye has officially gone insane.

The U.S. Pirate Party has set down its anchor in California.

Ever wonder how they add the yellow first down line to football coverage? 

Zombies are scary.

Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary designer, but this t-shirt might be taking it too far.

I hate it when a wireless network goes down.

The American justice system at work. That's some good sentencin', boys.

"This is my Leg-Oh face."

From the "surprised-this-didn't-happen-sooner" file: the Thriller Musical.

Warning: this sensory-overloaded site may induce seizures and/or ADHD.

I think we have a winner for most ironic school protest ever.

I mean, I support the troops as much as the next red-blooded American, but what happened to military discipline?

This movie must have been made/named on a dare.

Ever wanted to ignite nearly unlimited controversy without being offensive?  Rank every Beatles song ever.  An admirable and well-defended effort.

Make sure Obama is following through on that change we can believe in.  Of course, there's also change automatically brought on by the end of Bush's term if you prefer.

Lawyers are hot, and now there's proof.

If you can't compare the two (in Holland at least), then the terrorists/Nazis have already won.

Left 4 Dead 4 kids.

Obama mixed style and function at the inaugural after all.

There are many intriguing parallels between Beetlejuice and the Joker.

Rogue transitioning.

Obama: living proof that religion is unnecessary for achieving good moral character.

Is there really any doubt that Google is a monopoly and working to gain more control over your data?

The Japanese version was alright, but now there's a Malaysian version of The Office.  Warning: the latter is horribly depressing if you realize it's fairly true.

Too much tequila?

Dark Knight comics: too soon?

Great advertising makes people like me distribute it for them.

There are better uses of Google than that pie chart indicates.

This story on "Anonymous" produces"truly epic lulz."

Data immortality isn't all bad.

This would be a confrontation I'd be proud to work on next year.

For the moment, genius and progress seem to be outpacing Malthusian pressures.

What a jackass.

Whoa, crazy metal.

Best idea (and name) I've seen in a while: Little Sis, an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans edited by internet anarchy.

All of a sudden, The Matrix might not have been too far off from the truth: we may all just be holographic projections of some other world, after all.

Superuseless Superpowers are superawesome.

I wonder who Google is trying to kill.

Note to self: do not drunkenly steal a mobility scooter (top speed 2.4 mph) for a 10-mile trip because the police have way too much time catch you.

Is it odd that condoms tend to have excellent marketing even without using models?

The "now-standard" balancing test between police efficiency and rights is just one more sign that we live in a democracy, not a republic.

Obama, pimp my city (by next year, at least)!

Epic fail!  I always wondered who could actually fall for those Nigerian e-mail scams.

Retroactively, the BCS has declared Germany the winner of WWII.

Everyone's a little bit (more) racist...sometimes.

Probability explains "coincidence" (also known as miracles, divination, precognition, ESP, and so on).

Death to Autotune!  Please?

Collegehumor's parodies lack attention to scansion, but at least they're making money doing it.

Wow...these guys got Rick rolled.

A fun toy regardless of whether or not you find yourself tripping on LSD.

Kottke's stumbling attempt at valuing Facebook by use of the free Whopper for deleting 10 friends offer.  Leave the economics to TC, Jason.

Obama will not be prosecuting torturers any time soon.

14% of the U.S. is illiterate.  Just in case anyone was wondering why Bush's approval ratings never bottomed out.

I've heard of Turducken, but this is ridiculous.  I guess vegetarians can be converted.

Alphabetizing song lyrics makes them harder, but much more entertaining, to sort out.

Best data visualizations ever.

Will History or The Hague judge be the one to Bush?

Obama's proposed energy panacea may already be implemented in Europe.  Good news or bad?

Make this, like, one of your New Year's Resolutions.

Al Franken pwns Ann Coulter; that must have felt good.  And MediaMatters is listing her factual misstatements and errors; that must have been a lot of work.

How is Jon Stewart the only American media personality talking rationally about Israel

Wow.  Passage is one of the most poignant and meaningful games I have ever played, and it only takes 5 minutes.  

Oh man, Fuck Norris Facts is a great start to reeling in the power of this evangelical nutbag asshole. 

Best statue ever?

Granted, 2:58 is funny, but 3:18 is WTF.

This discussion of "Dickonomics" is surprisingly well thought-out and evidenced for Cracked.com.  An example of Macrodickonomics?

I am told that this series of illustrations is a must-see if you watch Mad Men.

In the most European link I've ever posted, Remi Gaillard (French urban prankster) makes soccer legitimately entertaining

XKCD takes on the daunting task of illustrating the relativity of numbers (in Metric no less).

Does this actually count as ironic?

The Iraq war is now illegal.  As though that ever stopped the Bush Administration from doing anything.

Condensing the densest thinkers in history must have been difficult.  Admirable effort, even though a lot of the nuance was (predictably) lost in the process.

Wait, Bush just signed a law ensuring similar 401k tax treatment for gay and straight couples?  Usually Bush policies look more like this.

Isaac Newton 2.0? I feel like Wittgenstein might have something to say about this (namely, of course organic/natural rules predict nature better than numerical/computational rules that are only approximating nature).

More proof that brevity is the soul of wit.

As Tyler Cowen might have said, "Markets in everything: humor edition."

Fark headlines of the year.  Anarchism makes damn good comedy.

Scissors beats paper.

Diversity: only a photoshopping away!

Looks like Congress might be able to legitimately block Burris.  Gotta love Constitutional law in the making.

Eternal recurrence, explained by physics.

The end of corporate personhood?  A major first blow of the revolution if it happens.

The prospective benefits of utilizing DNA need to be balanced by a patient's right to privacy (i.e., the right to control the use of genetic information).

Useful diagrams: things to say during sex and how to tell if you are a beer snob.

The latest from the law of unintended consequences: abstinence pledgers are more likely to have unprotected sex than their educated counterparts.

Sadly, life's imitation of art (specifically Watchmen) will go unnoticed until the movie comes out...if the movie comes out at this point.

This great inspirational speech mashup shows how formulaic they all are.

Men's Health is fucking retarded.

Serious political change (read: the Revolution) is coming.  Starting in Sweden.

Milgram redux: yup, people still suck.

Nerds with too much time on their hands are awesome.

Can the Republicans be officially considered racist yet?

Calvin and Hobbes on bailouts...15 years ago.

The legal details of the only lawsuit the RIAA actually took to trial...and lost.  So now it's taking the fight to the ISPs.

Microsoft is patenting a pay-as-you-go metered computer usage scheme.  Yeah, that'll really help them regain the market share they're losing to netbooks.

Is Dennis Prager really suggesting women just lay there and take it even if they're not in the mood?

Click to see if YOU are entitled to some airline price matching.

Auto workers' wages vs. corporate bailouts: Senatorial inability or refusal to compare the relative size of numbers?

No, no, no!  Someone really needs to stop George Lucas! As South Park pointed out, wasn't Indy 4 proof enough that he cannot be trusted to not rape everything we love?

When will litigious idiots learn that their theories of copyright don't work on the web?

Larry Lessig loves using smug, tech-savvy jargon, but he's right that we need to Reboot the FCC.

A nice dose of Schadenfreude: Disney can't convert the Chronicles of Narnia into a profitable franchise.  Maybe they learned their lesson from Pirates?

The one car company that deserves a bailout probably won't get one (and hopefully won't need one).

Smart kids are more likely to be "problem drinkers," eh?  Isn't it only a problem if you can't handle it?

The MacGyver multitool!

Great, there will be no living with Dan Brown now

Chinese-Somali pirate wars!

Burger King has fantastic marketing.

You mean fantasizing about an fictionalized, ideal relationship isn't a good strategy for coping with real life?

Whoa, environmentalism is depressing.

A nice and strong  guide to fair use.

Thin air --> Water.

Why is the most apt quote about the bailout to date only on Yahoo! Canada?

Happy Appropriated Pagan Holidays!  Makes you wonder how an atheist would run Christmas.

People fear artificial forms of enhancement because of an inability to characterize them as just another form of self-improvement that you can pay for.

My favorites from the New York Times' Year in Ideas 2008: The Biomechanical Energy Harvester (like the Matrix), the Cloth Car, Genopolitics, Minicattle, and Scrupulosity Disorder.

Who throws a shoe?  I mean, honestly.

Chinese ripoffs must drive trademark lawyers crazy.

Twilight: the ruthlessly and hilarious distilled edition.

Possibly the best Wikipedia page ever?

Nobody breaks down science like The Onion breaks down science.

For sale: U.S. Senate Seat.  Recently sold: $2 trillion, buyer unknown.

The problem with the bailouts is that even if they're not publicly authorized, they happen anyway.

Of course the White House is opposed to giving away spectrum with requirements that the public gets some free wireless broadband as part of the deal.  We don't just give public resources to people without lobbyists in this country.

I can't believe this job actually exists.  Good to know, in case the whole law school thing doesn't work out.

The Bailout: now in burnt sienna.

Bento art!

Here come the posthumous plaudits.

I bet the Facebook people feel dumb for not cashing out when they had the chance.  I guess the virtual gift industry isn't recession-proof.

Calls to end drug prohibition have reached the Wall Street Journal.  This debate's time may have come.  Then again, maybe not.

Banksy has angered some Palestinians by painting the dividing wall in protest, inadvertently "making it beautiful." 

The real problem with lobbying is that the returns disproportionately outweigh the costs, so bribes are an extremely efficient investment (e.g., baseball tickets for non-regulation of Freddie Mac).

A great explanation of how to start calculating simple numbers, America.

Seasons greetings!

Those Mastercard ads are a good format for communicating misperceived costs (e.g., $700 billion = 25 years of food, water and education for the whole world)

Promising indicia.

More fun with Google Suggest: YouTube edition.

If brevity is the soul of wit, then McSweeney's is like a jazz club.

Ah, to be "friends"...

Willy Wonka makes a narrow escape?

Mitch Hedberg would be proud.

The next golden rice is iodized salt.  Luckily, the idea is not patentable, so it stands a chance of helping.

Is this application correlating search data and other statistical information seriously addictive just because I'm a political science junkie?  Or is it actually interesting to see who searches for what?

The Bell Curve redux.

Science fiction has a tendency of turning into plain old science.

Porn-free internet?  If that sounds like an oxymoron, it's because you realize that it would never happen.

Here lies an atheist.

The FDA's response to excessive levels of melamine in baby food?  Change the maximum level allowed.

Awesomely, Wikipedia doesn't have an entry for "gullible."

Apparently, there's a "Saxbe fix" for Hilary's Emoluments problem.

When you really want to play beer pong, it might be worth the risk of crushed balls.

Truth, despite advertising?

Banksy really understands social commentary through art.

This guy is such a rebel.

Some sophisticated zombies

Not legal tender?

I think the author mistakenly assumes that "the troops" formulated the strategy of systematic rights-violation in Iraq, but this is a good case for not supporting that, at least.

Some good dark humor is just a sign of the times: Somali pirates in discussions to take over Citigroup.

Like most Slate articles, this history of bagels is informative, well-written, and a complete waste of time.

Bill O'Reilly's special report on San Francisco.  That's some good demagoguery right there.

Who doesn't love message t-shirts?

Why are Americans content to ignore rigged electronic voting, even when Diebold contractors are admitting to it?

Whoa, if this translated conversation with "Egypt's strongest man" is remotely true, this guy needs to be studied.

Gotta love good guerrilla advertising.

You could call this word art.

Those kinds of Christians sure aren't very politically vocal, assuming they exist.

These kids' letters to God make about as much sense as any other religious texts, but they're way more hilarious.

The state of Absaroka?  Probably better that it didn't make it.

A new spin on an old argument.  Well, Obama did say "hope."

Confirmations of the scandals we all knew about without proof: Bush authorized the Plame leak and 86% of the Phase I bailout money is going toward executive compensation.

Holy crap, a new Beatles track?  And it's their "more adventurous" stuff?  Only took 40 years...

A Law Revue video or two for your viewing pleasure.

Oh, crazy law students and their laptops.

Open-source art.

Pretty much all of Obama's idiosyncrasies make him all the more endearing, but then again, I'm an unabashed elitist.

Oh, those crazy Christians and their workouts.

Firefox-side chat, part 1.

America needs to wise up in terms of global economic strategy.  Russia basically just bought Iceland, just like China has been buying our mortgages.

Apparently, a variation of the "dead parrot" joke is like 1700 years old.  That's comedy for you. 

The fact that they got Bush to pose like that is a real shocker.

Woohoo!  The Arrested Development movie is a go!

In some particularly significant economic news, SPAM was cut down by 2/3 with the closure of a single firm's servers.

More meta-search fun with Google Suggests.

Don't see the parallels between Iran as Iraq? How about this forthcoming IAEA report that the currently cited evidence of Iran's nuclear ambitions may have been fabricated?

Another fresh dose of perspective.

Hot dog!

Well, I guess step 16 explains why Mormons wear the special underwear.

I love word art. Unlike this word art fail.

Need a good lawyer?

Some meta-searching on Google can reveal a fair amount about the human condition.

Double standards work both ways.

Something's rotten in the state of Alaska.  Those numbers do not add up.

Total losers.

So, Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa is a continent or which countries are members of NAFTA, and the McCain campaign was willing to hide this stuff until after the election.  Who was more willing to put the interests of the country at stake to win an election, again?

In terms of a historical dialectic, I suppose it is fairly apt to say that President Bush's legacy will be President Obama.

I wonder if Obama's election can be attributed to the anthropic principle.

Columbia Law Revue presents: The Idiot Vote.

Love for the road may be uniquely American, but I can see it.

Excellent title.

Here's some excellent analysis of our misperception of relative costs of different classes of crimes (corporate crime far outweighs the rest), even though it's a year old.  Imagine if the same article were written today.

Chris Buckley's Boomsday presciently foresaw the rise of passionate articles denouncing the Boomers. Amen.

Do-it-yourself kit.

Lego execution gone awry.

Halloween is a fantastic intersection of strange forces.   

I love irony, continued: daughter of Ex-CEO of Yahoo! says "Google me, you dumb fuck."

Maybe not the most high-minded ad ever, but great and subtle points are being made in Obama's latest spot.

Clever trick.

Honestly, I cannot believe these supposed intellectuals who claim that the "childish philosophy of libertarianism" have been disproved by the credit crunch.  It is far more intellectually immature to claim that a complex chain of events like the credit crunch can be attributed to a single philosophy perfectly instantiated in our system of regulation.  Richard Epstein provides a more eloquent rebuttal of this garbage than I could muster.

Man, that is one awesome shirt if the comments are remotely serious.  Maybe more awesome if not.

This country has not lost its sense of dignity entirely.

Durex seems to dominate the entertaining condom ad category.

WTF, Amazon?

Five dollar foot-long?

The power of Christ impales you...if you're a vampire!

So, 2/3 of the country lives in this "Constitution-free zone" in order to better protect the Constitution from its detractors, right?

True conservatives should read this compelling argument to vote against the GOP and take back the party.

An internal memo from Woot.com that should give you a pretty good idea of the site's style.

Some very candid and unabashed American ignorance.  Even McCain momentarily agreed that racism, religious bigotry and blind nationalism are a few of the "values" that motivate these voters in the "Northwest." 

Why is it that The Daily Show had the major first news coverage (at least that I'm aware of) that sent a team to Wasilla, Alaska to check Sarah Palin's claims about America?

This "political cartoon" from last year's Halloween was great even though I missed it the first time around.

McSweeney's is great for things like Hamlet via Facebook Newsfeed.

Banksy's work is a shining example of public art.

Next stop on the road to fascism: domestic spy agency.

See, I'm not the only one who thinks Sarah Silverman is vastly overrated.

That's one way of "sweeping it under the rug," if you'll pardon the terrible pun.

A single frame from The Simpsons is enough for me to believe they've still got talent...it's just hidden somewhere.

Who's Nailin' Palin is hilarious for the first 2-3 minutes, depending on your sensibilities. 

This cake is for people who enjoy receiving a good Rickroll.  See?  

I agree it was wise for Sarah Palin to abstain from performing this hilarious rap on SNL, but didn't she just show America that her corny accent is fake?

The Supreme Court threw out the Ohio Republican Party's voter fraud allegations against groups like ACORN, indicating it is not going to follow 2000's overtly partisan strategy this election season.  Good to know.

Biological computer science is coming, and might be programmable to fix ecosystems.

Can you vote?  You might have to steal it back if you live in a state with a Republican legislature like Colorado.

Obama roasts John McCain and John McCain roasts Obama.  McCain definitely beats expectations, but like the debates, Obama rises to the occasion.

Keith Olbermann gives his best Special Comment in a while.

"Oliver Stone's" P.

Who would have thought that Glenn Beck's hatred and fear mongering could be channeled toward something remotely accurate or insightful? These are turbulent times we live in.

Zombie McCain.

Somehow, I am not surprised that anti-Obama people are not particularly good at reasoning

[Sam] A really well-done Dark Knight/Toy Story 2 mashup.

Neat/scary flash page of the day: Palin as President.

Wall Street crash.

This comparison of Democratic and Republican dogma reads like a game of ping-pong.

David Brooks could have titled this op-ed "Why I am Not a Republican." Either way, he's announced the impending "period of re-examination" for the Republican Party.  Oh, and here's Richard Nozick with some support for the opposite premise of Brooks' claim.

Apparently, it is now elitist to use correct pronunciation...I'll take another helping of elitism, please.

The financial crisis explained using Pokemon cards.

Shame on you, National Review. 

Hey, I found Joe Six-pack!

Ever notice how when someone in the mainstream media wants to criticize a politician, they instead criticize the mainstream media's lack of criticism of that politician?  I guess it's slightly safer that way.

[Colman] Diagramming Sarah Palin's sentences (or attempting to, at any rate) may be the greatest political comedy I've seen today.

Wow.  Johnny Depp may be one of the greatest actors alive, but $56 million for Pirates 4?!

The Freakonomics version of a national poll?

Unsurprising but still ridiculous: Bill O'Reilly cites himself as proof of God's existence.

Best Rap album cover ever?

Does it help to imagine the candidates as trains?  It might just be easier to see how well-behaved their children are.  

Judaism is not exempt from its share of despicable fundamentalism, sadly.

A McCain supporter fail, a Palin fail, and an ironic fail for good measure.

Apparently, the Energy & Environmental Research Center has developed 100% renewable jet fuel, with funding from the Department of Defense.  It is now officially safe to assert that public financing for fuel research is a viable policy.

Just when you thought Facebook couldn't sell out any faster...

A couple of comedic signs.

Is Lil' Bill O'Reilly that kid from Wonder Showzen?  Here's

SlickRicks' Minifeed

The Minifeed will soon be relocating (possibly with a change in functionality).  More information soon.

I love Fight Club theories.

This seems fake, but if it's not, it is an epically unintentionally hilarious website.  Google seems to show that it's not a fake.

Conservatives don't get it?

That little bastard.

I like the Economist's editorial stance about a lot of things, but bourbon is not one of them.

Assuming he's for real, this guy is one dope beatbox.

NPH is magical.

John McCain finally gets around to reminding us that in his day, waterboarding was grounds for hanging.  And these other old guys say that there are much better ways of making them talk.  And finally, hooray: Hannity is going to be waterboarded for the troops!

[McSweeney's] A day in the life of a supply-side economist

Nice collection of single serving sites, and an explanation of the meme.

As I once said in PPE, "We use many methods of self-improvement. I don't see how this is any different." 

Biggest douche on the internet.

No cure for cancer.

Logo fail.

Brilliant irony: Perez Hilton may have given rise to a discrimination claim by Miss California.

Texts from last night.  Brilliant.

Scientific explanation of magic.  Seems contradictory, but it's pretty great. 

The World Digital Library just opened and it's already obsolete

I think this article is what's off-target.

I'm surprised that almost 2 million bloggers can use it to make a living.  We'll see how long that lasts when advertisers learn about AdBlock.

Isaac Asimov's take on how Genesis was written.

Fun with meta: facebook quiz edition.

Return on investment is the real problem in Washington.

Good point, commenter.

Best. Typo. Ever.

Statebook: we should all be afraid of its accuracy.

A sad memorial.

Post this zombie survival reference guide in the workplace.

A great visualization of resource time horizons.

Decent cartoon on atheism and theodicy.

Good comic Friday.

Since when did I support massive infrastructure projects?  Obama has a strange effect on me.

Luddite, circa 1995.

I hope they have the same bonus structure at the DOJ.

Alas, no time, but maybe I'll be able to enter next year...

I'll have a pint of air please.

SNAKES ON A PLANE!

I don't think it's problematic for the government to interfere with an entirely non-competitive market.

I'm not sure this is accurate, but either way, Obama's a badass.

Best online post about online posts I've seen in a while.

I swear, I'm not an alcoholic, I'm just a lawyer.

Shortcut to catch-up.

The troops are having a blast!

Wasn't this on South Park?

One alternative mode of organizing films.

Meta-lol.

Best costume ever?

Some good evidence that correlation does not equal causation.

To tweet or not to tweet?  That is the question.  Whether 'tis nobler in 140 characters or less...

This is baseball country.

I've owned a copy of the leading edge of the board game revolution since 2002 or so.

In case you ever find yourself back in time (or a shitty Law Revue plot line).

Recursion is gimmicky but awesome.

Could proper grammar possibly come to the texting generation?

Is this dating site a joke?

Morality doesn't have to be internal to be valid, but Pragmatists would sure like to hear what evolutionary moral theorists have to say.

Eminem probably doesn't suck any more!

Why don't they make these sleeping bags in adult sizes?

Fox News is blaming Mr. Rogers for creating a generation of 0ver-entitlement.  Sorry, the baby boom generation was over-entitled long before we were.

Brings new meaning to "making money."

For the fire alarm victims this morning.

Yet another edition of measuring opportunity costs.

This is a pretty decent explanation of free culture for the non-savvy.  

Black market stimulus is such a sure thing, it'd never get any real traction. 

Clearly circular reasoning.

If you are a theist, this might be embarrassing.

I unabashedly love puns, but they do seem worse online than when they're just a fleeting part of conversation.

Prime sub not affected by sub-primes.

No one would look there.

Lego fun snacks?

Bill Maher on American Empire.

Dead pixel in Google Earth.

Star Wars engineering.

How are these not as catchy?

Hooray! New York just took one step away from idiotic Bush-era nationalism and rhetoric.

Caffeine is my performance enhancing drug of choice.

Philosiraptor.

Madoff made off.

Recessionary ingenuity.

In case you hadn't noticed, Where the Wild Things Are is going to be awesome.

Theodicy in Watchmen.

I can has millions? No, Kitty!

High-stakes RPS.  

Just in case you thought I was cool, I have indeed joined Twitter much to the chagrin of some (such as myself circa late 2008).

Deconstructionist ventriloquism performed by a hot chick.

It's not Twitter's fault: hate the player, not the game.

Fox News shouldn't try to attribute the financial collapse to Obama's presidency because they really don't want the correlation to equal causation.

If you read/loved Watchmen, buy the rest of the movie on DVD.  

America is the most litigious country in the world because the lawyers that write all the laws obviously have a undesirable institutional bias from a policy perspective that is no longer repudiated without some supervening bias.

My job is going to be a lot more interesting than it would have been before AIG.

Drinking and driving in Louisiana.

Subprime Scrabble = overvaluation of crap.

Vasectomies are a smart hedging strategy in tough economic times.

XKCD agrees with me about numbers!

Despite what you've heard, the subprime mortgage crisis is not a total rejection of Ayn Rand and/or libertarianism if you believe that the market does create externalities or information asymmetries. 

I wish I was a major in studio art.  Or at least known a few.

People should not be allowed to pose in pictures.

More data visualizations of the financial crisis and one about what people are discussing about Watchmen.

Good discrimination and a natural selection.  

McDonald's in other places does have spaghetti!

The technology of Minority Report (and likely invasion of privacy) is just around the corner, if TED is to be believed.

Remix culture has reached new heights of turning crap into gold.

Of the 15 strangest college courses in America, a plurality are in California and yes, Pitzer College makes the list.

Reaganomics and the case of the missing progressive tax rates.

Change has come to the White House.

Dr. Mario on health care reform.

This kid has some acoustic guitar skills, but something tells me those video cuts are hiding something.

Apparently Rush isn't the leader of the Republican party, this 14 year old kid is.  

UCBComedy may be my new favorite on YouTube: famous sketches as if redone by famous filmmakers and 9/11 adoptions are hilarious.

TheBrowser is a site that this one should aspire to.  I should probably convert platforms some time soon.

Why Americans should not travel.  I guess it's good that 37% have never left their hometown.

Some ridiculously good viral marketing by the NFL.

BigLaw firms are/were overleveraged just like the rest of the market.

More fun with Google Suggest: measuring intelligence of queriers.

Watchmen's cutting room floor will make for some real nice DVD extras. For another loose connection to Watchmen, when superpowers go wrong is moderately funny.

This chain is probably not coming to the U.S. anytime soon.

Go watch the Watchmen!  Then watch this.

Intergenerational Calvin & Hobbes.

The public's inability to comprehend numbers: "trillion" edition.

Teh internets are right about Rush.

Dang grammar Nazis.

Not sure why the source material is down, but I love the charmingly backwards causation implied by books and music that make you dumb.

The resemblance is uncanny.

[Laura] Hubris is apparently spelled "B-U-R-R-I-S."

Porn in the USA.

Many cheers for the death of the business method patent.

Michael & Michael will be back on Comedy Central.  Probably will be great for about 4 episodes.

Star Wars as classic art.

This inspiring video makes it seem like anything truly is possible with enough training.

Diseconomies of scale in social capital are caused by increasing transaction costs, or: people need attention.

I like "Twilight" just because of the hilarious and scathing reviews the book has generated. Rather Hegelian, eh?

Counter-cyclical assets?

I knew science would cure global warming, not a change in human nature. 

I like art based on comics and comics based on art.

If you're stupid then you're also with stupid.

How frequently is this question really asked?

HOORAY!  Andy is joining Conan on The Tonight Show!

Another handy-dandy (if slightly lewd) flowchart, and a more disgusting (in my opinion) infographic.

This law should be in effect everywhere.

Pretty wine bottles.  

Lucas in Love may be the greatest thing on the internet I had never seen until yesterday.

Cool sidewalk art.

How did this happen??

Calculating policy costs becomes difficult when your calculator only has 12 digits. 

Eye (candy) chart.

Spoiler alert.

Is that what the English think are badass tattoos?

Behold! The power of language.

Yet another incredibly easy to understand visualization of exactly what caused the credit crisis.

Some charts are more accurate than others, and some prophets are more honest than others.

As I've said before, Demetri Martin's is excellent. So is his new show.  And this 224-word palindromic poem he wrote.

Hmm, not so sure these would be fun to get into...fun to get out of, maybe.

Dinosaursfuckingrobots.com.  Ah, teh internets.

A WWF mashup I'd like to see happen in real life.

If you can simulate the internet with drawings on paper, you have way too much time on your hands.

Waiting for the Obama talks shit remixes.

Trilogy metering.

Facebook has officially changed its privacy policy to: we own your identity forever.

Does the Jackson family have a latent crazy/embarrassing gene that only expresses itself after about 30-40 years?

Jetpacks are here.

Kids say the darndest things.

Dave Letterman's guests always seem to be high on something.

Sabotagertising?

Far and away the best solution to the housing crisis I've come across.

A religion that even an atheist could agree with?

Some useful psychology: biochemical explanations of the market's animal spirits and that boys and girls are simply programmed to like different kinds of toys.

Canada has the right idea of how to get airlines running on time.

New Jersey retains the right to properly label itself.

"Rational ignorance" is a collective action problem of policy that will ruin us all.

Right-wingers can be sickening when cloaked in the relative anonymity of the internet.  Read the comments.

Some instant historical perspective, courtesy of mega-journalist Bob Woodward.

Michael Moore's new movie is apparently going to be about the bailout.

Famous, misunderstood legal statements.

Comparing opportunity costs lesson of the day: 4% of the bailout could end world hunger.

Norm + Conan = Comedy.

Catholics get science? Well, maybe not all of it.

Dave Chappelle has transcended comedy and is now a poet

Unintentionally funny ad placement of the day.

Whether or not Darwin was right or wrong is still very much disputed, sadly.

25 random things to make you look spontaneous and deep.

GPM > MPG.

Lock your S-Foils into stretch position with Star Wars yoga.

Try edumacating yourself with SmArt History.

Warning!

Performance issues?  Try Stimulis.

Alcohol may impair judgment?  Gee, I wish I had known that by now.

Houston, we have a problem.

I'm sure he's used some cherry-picked examples, but Krauthammer makes some excellent points about how increasingly apparent it is that the House Democrats believe that pork = stimulus, and Obama just feeding it to them.

Seriously, ABC?  Comparing Air Force One to bailout jets?

Well, Hillary will find out just how well that Saxbe fix works.

The Kermit/Bale phenomenon?

Why isn't there a blogging stimulus package? Might make it worthwhile.

Hacked road signs.

Hilarious, classic advertisements I had never seen before.

A great tool to monitor the status of the stimulus, and its heavy pork flavors.

Economists for the fail-out, not the bail-out.

A true Star Wars fan's dream.

A real philosophical assessment of the financial crisis.  Obviously, my favorite so far.

If anyone wants to buy me some Valentine's candy...

Kurt Warner lost the Superbowl because he's oxymoronic.  In other Superbowl news, the ads were pretty decent.  Quite a few were as clever as this business card.

Obama was all in favor of Americans using their freedoms until it involved using him.

A welfare state most should be able to agree on.

Let your kids get dirty or they'll be weaklings.

Because, really, what Jane Austen book wouldn't be better with zombies?

Hopefully (but unlikely) lost relics of the Bush era: political capitalism and scientific mysticism.

Kanye has officially gone insane.

The U.S. Pirate Party has set down its anchor in California.

Ever wonder how they add the yellow first down line to football coverage? 

Zombies are scary.

Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary designer, but this t-shirt might be taking it too far.

I hate it when a wireless network goes down.

The American justice system at work. That's some good sentencin', boys.

"This is my Leg-Oh face."

From the "surprised-this-didn't-happen-sooner" file: the Thriller Musical.

Warning: this sensory-overloaded site may induce seizures and/or ADHD.

I think we have a winner for most ironic school protest ever.

I mean, I support the troops as much as the next red-blooded American, but what happened to military discipline?

This movie must have been made/named on a dare.

Ever wanted to ignite nearly unlimited controversy without being offensive?  Rank every Beatles song ever.  An admirable and well-defended effort.

Make sure Obama is following through on that change we can believe in.  Of course, there's also change automatically brought on by the end of Bush's term if you prefer.

Lawyers are hot, and now there's proof.

If you can't compare the two (in Holland at least), then the terrorists/Nazis have already won.

Left 4 Dead 4 kids.

Obama mixed style and function at the inaugural after all.

There are many intriguing parallels between Beetlejuice and the Joker.

Rogue transitioning.

Obama: living proof that religion is unnecessary for achieving good moral character.

Is there really any doubt that Google is a monopoly and working to gain more control over your data?

The Japanese version was alright, but now there's a Malaysian version of The Office.  Warning: the latter is horribly depressing if you realize it's fairly true.

Too much tequila?

Dark Knight comics: too soon?

Great advertising makes people like me distribute it for them.

There are better uses of Google than that pie chart indicates.

This story on "Anonymous" produces"truly epic lulz."

Data immortality isn't all bad.

This would be a confrontation I'd be proud to work on next year.

For the moment, genius and progress seem to be outpacing Malthusian pressures.

What a jackass.

Whoa, crazy metal.

Best idea (and name) I've seen in a while: Little Sis, an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans edited by internet anarchy.

All of a sudden, The Matrix might not have been too far off from the truth: we may all just be holographic projections of some other world, after all.

Superuseless Superpowers are superawesome.

I wonder who Google is trying to kill.

Note to self: do not drunkenly steal a mobility scooter (top speed 2.4 mph) for a 10-mile trip because the police have way too much time catch you.

Is it odd that condoms tend to have excellent marketing even without using models?

The "now-standard" balancing test between police efficiency and rights is just one more sign that we live in a democracy, not a republic.

Obama, pimp my city (by next year, at least)!

Epic fail!  I always wondered who could actually fall for those Nigerian e-mail scams.

Retroactively, the BCS has declared Germany the winner of WWII.

Everyone's a little bit (more) racist...sometimes.

Probability explains "coincidence" (also known as miracles, divination, precognition, ESP, and so on).

Death to Autotune!  Please?

Collegehumor's parodies lack attention to scansion, but at least they're making money doing it.

Wow...these guys got Rick rolled.

A fun toy regardless of whether or not you find yourself tripping on LSD.

Kottke's stumbling attempt at valuing Facebook by use of the free Whopper for deleting 10 friends offer.  Leave the economics to TC, Jason.

Obama will not be prosecuting torturers any time soon.

14% of the U.S. is illiterate.  Just in case anyone was wondering why Bush's approval ratings never bottomed out.

I've heard of Turducken, but this is ridiculous.  I guess vegetarians can be converted.

Alphabetizing song lyrics makes them harder, but much more entertaining, to sort out.

Best data visualizations ever.

Will History or The Hague judge be the one to Bush?

Obama's proposed energy panacea may already be implemented in Europe.  Good news or bad?

Make this, like, one of your New Year's Resolutions.

Al Franken pwns Ann Coulter; that must have felt good.  And MediaMatters is listing her factual misstatements and errors; that must have been a lot of work.

How is Jon Stewart the only American media personality talking rationally about Israel

Wow.  Passage is one of the most poignant and meaningful games I have ever played, and it only takes 5 minutes.  

Oh man, Fuck Norris Facts is a great start to reeling in the power of this evangelical nutbag asshole. 

Best statue ever?

Granted, 2:58 is funny, but 3:18 is WTF.

This discussion of "Dickonomics" is surprisingly well thought-out and evidenced for Cracked.com.  An example of Macrodickonomics?

I am told that this series of illustrations is a must-see if you watch Mad Men.

In the most European link I've ever posted, Remi Gaillard (French urban prankster) makes soccer legitimately entertaining

XKCD takes on the daunting task of illustrating the relativity of numbers (in Metric no less).

Does this actually count as ironic?

The Iraq war is now illegal.  As though that ever stopped the Bush Administration from doing anything.

Condensing the densest thinkers in history must have been difficult.  Admirable effort, even though a lot of the nuance was (predictably) lost in the process.

Wait, Bush just signed a law ensuring similar 401k tax treatment for gay and straight couples?  Usually Bush policies look more like this.

Isaac Newton 2.0? I feel like Wittgenstein might have something to say about this (namely, of course organic/natural rules predict nature better than numerical/computational rules that are only approximating nature).

More proof that brevity is the soul of wit.

As Tyler Cowen might have said, "Markets in everything: humor edition."

Fark headlines of the year.  Anarchism makes damn good comedy.

Scissors beats paper.

Diversity: only a photoshopping away!

Looks like Congress might be able to legitimately block Burris.  Gotta love Constitutional law in the making.

Eternal recurrence, explained by physics.

The end of corporate personhood?  A major first blow of the revolution if it happens.

The prospective benefits of utilizing DNA need to be balanced by a patient's right to privacy (i.e., the right to control the use of genetic information).

Useful diagrams: things to say during sex and how to tell if you are a beer snob.

The latest from the law of unintended consequences: abstinence pledgers are more likely to have unprotected sex than their educated counterparts.

Sadly, life's imitation of art (specifically Watchmen) will go unnoticed until the movie comes out...if the movie comes out at this point.

This great inspirational speech mashup shows how formulaic they all are.

Men's Health is fucking retarded.

Serious political change (read: the Revolution) is coming.  Starting in Sweden.

Milgram redux: yup, people still suck.

Nerds with too much time on their hands are awesome.

Can the Republicans be officially considered racist yet?

Calvin and Hobbes on bailouts...15 years ago.

The legal details of the only lawsuit the RIAA actually took to trial...and lost.  So now it's taking the fight to the ISPs.

Microsoft is patenting a pay-as-you-go metered computer usage scheme.  Yeah, that'll really help them regain the market share they're losing to netbooks.

Is Dennis Prager really suggesting women just lay there and take it even if they're not in the mood?

Click to see if YOU are entitled to some airline price matching.

Auto workers' wages vs. corporate bailouts: Senatorial inability or refusal to compare the relative size of numbers?

No, no, no!  Someone really needs to stop George Lucas! As South Park pointed out, wasn't Indy 4 proof enough that he cannot be trusted to not rape everything we love?

When will litigious idiots learn that their theories of copyright don't work on the web?

Larry Lessig loves using smug, tech-savvy jargon, but he's right that we need to Reboot the FCC.

A nice dose of Schadenfreude: Disney can't convert the Chronicles of Narnia into a profitable franchise.  Maybe they learned their lesson from Pirates?

The one car company that deserves a bailout probably won't get one (and hopefully won't need one).

Smart kids are more likely to be "problem drinkers," eh?  Isn't it only a problem if you can't handle it?

The MacGyver multitool!

Great, there will be no living with Dan Brown now

Chinese-Somali pirate wars!

Burger King has fantastic marketing.

You mean fantasizing about an fictionalized, ideal relationship isn't a good strategy for coping with real life?

Whoa, environmentalism is depressing.

A nice and strong  guide to fair use.

Thin air --> Water.

Why is the most apt quote about the bailout to date only on Yahoo! Canada?

Happy Appropriated Pagan Holidays!  Makes you wonder how an atheist would run Christmas.

People fear artificial forms of enhancement because of an inability to characterize them as just another form of self-improvement that you can pay for.

My favorites from the New York Times' Year in Ideas 2008: The Biomechanical Energy Harvester (like the Matrix), the Cloth Car, Genopolitics, Minicattle, and Scrupulosity Disorder.

Who throws a shoe?  I mean, honestly.

Chinese ripoffs must drive trademark lawyers crazy.

Twilight: the ruthlessly and hilarious distilled edition.

Possibly the best Wikipedia page ever?

Nobody breaks down science like The Onion breaks down science.

For sale: U.S. Senate Seat.  Recently sold: $2 trillion, buyer unknown.

The problem with the bailouts is that even if they're not publicly authorized, they happen anyway.

Of course the White House is opposed to giving away spectrum with requirements that the public gets some free wireless broadband as part of the deal.  We don't just give public resources to people without lobbyists in this country.

I can't believe this job actually exists.  Good to know, in case the whole law school thing doesn't work out.

The Bailout: now in burnt sienna.

Bento art!

Here come the posthumous plaudits.

I bet the Facebook people feel dumb for not cashing out when they had the chance.  I guess the virtual gift industry isn't recession-proof.

Calls to end drug prohibition have reached the Wall Street Journal.  This debate's time may have come.  Then again, maybe not.

Banksy has angered some Palestinians by painting the dividing wall in protest, inadvertently "making it beautiful." 

The real problem with lobbying is that the returns disproportionately outweigh the costs, so bribes are an extremely efficient investment (e.g., baseball tickets for non-regulation of Freddie Mac).

A great explanation of how to start calculating simple numbers, America.

Seasons greetings!

Those Mastercard ads are a good format for communicating misperceived costs (e.g., $700 billion = 25 years of food, water and education for the whole world)

Promising indicia.

More fun with Google Suggest: YouTube edition.

If brevity is the soul of wit, then McSweeney's is like a jazz club.

Ah, to be "friends"...

Willy Wonka makes a narrow escape?

Mitch Hedberg would be proud.

The next golden rice is iodized salt.  Luckily, the idea is not patentable, so it stands a chance of helping.

Is this application correlating search data and other statistical information seriously addictive just because I'm a political science junkie?  Or is it actually interesting to see who searches for what?

The Bell Curve redux.

Science fiction has a tendency of turning into plain old science.

Porn-free internet?  If that sounds like an oxymoron, it's because you realize that it would never happen.

Here lies an atheist.

The FDA's response to excessive levels of melamine in baby food?  Change the maximum level allowed.

Awesomely, Wikipedia doesn't have an entry for "gullible."

Apparently, there's a "Saxbe fix" for Hilary's Emoluments problem.

When you really want to play beer pong, it might be worth the risk of crushed balls.

Truth, despite advertising?

Banksy really understands social commentary through art.

This guy is such a rebel.

Some sophisticated zombies

Not legal tender?

I think the author mistakenly assumes that "the troops" formulated the strategy of systematic rights-violation in Iraq, but this is a good case for not supporting that, at least.

Some good dark humor is just a sign of the times: Somali pirates in discussions to take over Citigroup.

Like most Slate articles, this history of bagels is informative, well-written, and a complete waste of time.

Bill O'Reilly's special report on San Francisco.  That's some good demagoguery right there.

Who doesn't love message t-shirts?

Why are Americans content to ignore rigged electronic voting, even when Diebold contractors are admitting to it?

Whoa, if this translated conversation with "Egypt's strongest man" is remotely true, this guy needs to be studied.

Gotta love good guerrilla advertising.

You could call this word art.

Those kinds of Christians sure aren't very politically vocal, assuming they exist.

These kids' letters to God make about as much sense as any other religious texts, but they're way more hilarious.

The state of Absaroka?  Probably better that it didn't make it.

A new spin on an old argument.  Well, Obama did say "hope."

Confirmations of the scandals we all knew about without proof: Bush authorized the Plame leak and 86% of the Phase I bailout money is going toward executive compensation.

Holy crap, a new Beatles track?  And it's their "more adventurous" stuff?  Only took 40 years...

A Law Revue video or two for your viewing pleasure.

Oh, crazy law students and their laptops.

Open-source art.

Pretty much all of Obama's idiosyncrasies make him all the more endearing, but then again, I'm an unabashed elitist.

Oh, those crazy Christians and their workouts.

Firefox-side chat, part 1.

America needs to wise up in terms of global economic strategy.  Russia basically just bought Iceland, just like China has been buying our mortgages.

Apparently, a variation of the "dead parrot" joke is like 1700 years old.  That's comedy for you. 

The fact that they got Bush to pose like that is a real shocker.

Woohoo!  The Arrested Development movie is a go!

In some particularly significant economic news, SPAM was cut down by 2/3 with the closure of a single firm's servers.

More meta-search fun with Google Suggests.

Don't see the parallels between Iran as Iraq? How about this forthcoming IAEA report that the currently cited evidence of Iran's nuclear ambitions may have been fabricated?

Another fresh dose of perspective.

Hot dog!

Well, I guess step 16 explains why Mormons wear the special underwear.

I love word art. Unlike this word art fail.

Need a good lawyer?

Some meta-searching on Google can reveal a fair amount about the human condition.

Double standards work both ways.

Something's rotten in the state of Alaska.  Those numbers do not add up.

Total losers.

So, Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa is a continent or which countries are members of NAFTA, and the McCain campaign was willing to hide this stuff until after the election.  Who was more willing to put the interests of the country at stake to win an election, again?

In terms of a historical dialectic, I suppose it is fairly apt to say that President Bush's legacy will be President Obama.

I wonder if Obama's election can be attributed to the anthropic principle.

Columbia Law Revue presents: The Idiot Vote.

Love for the road may be uniquely American, but I can see it.

Excellent title.

Here's some excellent analysis of our misperception of relative costs of different classes of crimes (corporate crime far outweighs the rest), even though it's a year old.  Imagine if the same article were written today.

Chris Buckley's Boomsday presciently foresaw the rise of passionate articles denouncing the Boomers. Amen.

Do-it-yourself kit.

Lego execution gone awry.

Halloween is a fantastic intersection of strange forces.   

I love irony, continued: daughter of Ex-CEO of Yahoo! says "Google me, you dumb fuck."

Maybe not the most high-minded ad ever, but great and subtle points are being made in Obama's latest spot.

Clever trick.

Honestly, I cannot believe these supposed intellectuals who claim that the "childish philosophy of libertarianism" have been disproved by the credit crunch.  It is far more intellectually immature to claim that a complex chain of events like the credit crunch can be attributed to a single philosophy perfectly instantiated in our system of regulation.  Richard Epstein provides a more eloquent rebuttal of this garbage than I could muster.

Man, that is one awesome shirt if the comments are remotely serious.  Maybe more awesome if not.

This country has not lost its sense of dignity entirely.

Durex seems to dominate the entertaining condom ad category.

WTF, Amazon?

Five dollar foot-long?

The power of Christ impales you...if you're a vampire!

So, 2/3 of the country lives in this "Constitution-free zone" in order to better protect the Constitution from its detractors, right?

True conservatives should read this compelling argument to vote against the GOP and take back the party.

An internal memo from Woot.com that should give you a pretty good idea of the site's style.

Some very candid and unabashed American ignorance.  Even McCain momentarily agreed that racism, religious bigotry and blind nationalism are a few of the "values" that motivate these voters in the "Northwest." 

Why is it that The Daily Show had the major first news coverage (at least that I'm aware of) that sent a team to Wasilla, Alaska to check Sarah Palin's claims about America?

This "political cartoon" from last year's Halloween was great even though I missed it the first time around.

McSweeney's is great for things like Hamlet via Facebook Newsfeed.

Banksy's work is a shining example of public art.

Next stop on the road to fascism: domestic spy agency.

See, I'm not the only one who thinks Sarah Silverman is vastly overrated.

That's one way of "sweeping it under the rug," if you'll pardon the terrible pun.

A single frame from The Simpsons is enough for me to believe they've still got talent...it's just hidden somewhere.

Who's Nailin' Palin is hilarious for the first 2-3 minutes, depending on your sensibilities. 

This cake is for people who enjoy receiving a good Rickroll.  See?  

I agree it was wise for Sarah Palin to abstain from performing this hilarious rap on SNL, but didn't she just show America that her corny accent is fake?

The Supreme Court threw out the Ohio Republican Party's voter fraud allegations against groups like ACORN, indicating it is not going to follow 2000's overtly partisan strategy this election season.  Good to know.

Biological computer science is coming, and might be programmable to fix ecosystems.

Can you vote?  You might have to steal it back if you live in a state with a Republican legislature like Colorado.

Obama roasts John McCain and John McCain roasts Obama.  McCain definitely beats expectations, but like the debates, Obama rises to the occasion.

Keith Olbermann gives his best Special Comment in a while.

"Oliver Stone's" P.

Who would have thought that Glenn Beck's hatred and fear mongering could be channeled toward something remotely accurate or insightful? These are turbulent times we live in.

Zombie McCain.

Somehow, I am not surprised that anti-Obama people are not particularly good at reasoning

[Sam] A really well-done Dark Knight/Toy Story 2 mashup.

Neat/scary flash page of the day: Palin as President.

Wall Street crash.

This comparison of Democratic and Republican dogma reads like a game of ping-pong.

David Brooks could have titled this op-ed "Why I am Not a Republican." Either way, he's announced the impending "period of re-examination" for the Republican Party.  Oh, and here's Richard Nozick with some support for the opposite premise of Brooks' claim.

Apparently, it is now elitist to use correct pronunciation...I'll take another helping of elitism, please.

The financial crisis explained using Pokemon cards.

Shame on you, National Review. 

Hey, I found Joe Six-pack!

Ever notice how when someone in the mainstream media wants to criticize a politician, they instead criticize the mainstream media's lack of criticism of that politician?  I guess it's slightly safer that way.

[Colman] Diagramming Sarah Palin's sentences (or attempting to, at any rate) may be the greatest political comedy I've seen today.

Wow.  Johnny Depp may be one of the greatest actors alive, but $56 million for Pirates 4?!

The Freakonomics version of a national poll?

Unsurprising but still ridiculous: Bill O'Reilly cites himself as proof of God's existence.

Best Rap album cover ever?

Does it help to imagine the candidates as trains?  It might just be easier to see how well-behaved their children are.  

Judaism is not exempt from its share of despicable fundamentalism, sadly.

A McCain supporter fail, a Palin fail, and an ironic fail for good measure.

Apparently, the Energy & Environmental Research Center has developed 100% renewable jet fuel, with funding from the Department of Defense.  It is now officially safe to assert that public financing for fuel research is a viable policy.

Just when you thought Facebook couldn't sell out any faster...

A couple of comedic signs.

Is Lil' Bill O'Reilly that kid from Wonder Showzen?  Here's another talented kid being spoon-fed comedic gold.  Eight-year olds, Dude.

Gorbachev is signing his death warrant.  In other Russian news, the state-sponsored television station is airing documentary accusing the U.S. government of orchestrating 9/11.

Apparently, $700 billion was not based on any data; "[The Treasury] just wanted to choose a really large number."  

Why can't Sarah Palin name a single newspaper she reads?

The Fed could learn a thing or two from Duck Tales, sadly. 

If real life were a Bond movie, this would be a nice illustration of the "We're not so different, you and I" moment.

This mockup of Palin's Facebook page is too obvious and lazy to be clever, but it's worth a laugh or two.

Cliff's Notes: Bailout Edition.

The New York Times realizes that large numbers involved in bailouts could use some graphical representation.

Copyrighting the law? Here's a simple illustration of the argument against it.

A hilarious, yet profoundly dystopian vision of the future.

Porn that's safe for work?  Not quite.

The best quote I've heard about the WaMu bailout: "That black guy in the commercials should have listen to those white-haired bankers!"

This old ploy again, Rush?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the fan-created Star Wars universe has been much more creative than George Lucas has been since the 80's.

Why open will always beat closed.

Obama demonstrates that he is the cooler head, willing to get down to the specifics of his policy proposals to fix the economic crisis, while George Will has turned on McCain's misdirection and doublespeak.

Announcing the first Google phone: aptly (if blandly) named the G1.

Do we even need to prevent these banks from going down in flames if there is still capital out there?  This whole thing feels like a scam for a reason. 

Despite the fact that some douchebags might get off for their ridiculous behavior, at least one douchebags is getting real justice.

Speaking of Truthiness, Stephen Colbert's recent Word "How Dare You?" was one of the funniest indictments of the whole McCain campaign I've seen in a while.

Truthiness redux.  Frank Rich has capitalized on Colbert's term much more than I ever did.

Now, I'm no huge fan of Michael Moore, but he sure does draw out those fascist Republicans.

I hope Obama is running this ad everywhere.

Whether it's biological or acquired, it appears as though we don't read things as completely on computer screens as we do on paper (particularly the bottom right part of the text, so you've probably skimmed past this part already).

Another failure of democracy, this time in France.

A trailer for what might be the greatest movie of a generation

Another compelling argument why conservatives, as opposed to Republicans, should support Obama.  For illustration, here's a nice conservative Op-Ed by David Brooks about finacial institution regulation.

Openness to experience is a human trait that supposedly correlates to liberality.  Seems like it would validate liberalism to Pragmatists, but there's a little bit of a twist ending.

Holy crap!  We've been attacking Pakistan, they're pissed off, and no one in America has been discussing it?

Infinite loop.

Ninja Dog!

Meet the "First Dude" of Alaska.  Yeah, I'd totally be happy with him advising Madam President when McCain croaks.

Parallels between Harry Potter and Star Wars.  It's no Joseph Campbell, but what do you expect from the Internet?

Palin: "Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime."  Me: "No, you cannot be in charge of the big red button."

Finally!  A graphical representation of why new offshore drilling doesn't even amount to a band-aid.

Neither of the candidates support personal responsibility.  Instead, they offer passivity and absolution.

Thomas Friedman gives an eloquently unbiased critique of the McCain campaign's strategy.

They get Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates to be in a commercial, and this is what they come up with?!

Eben Moglen is Morpheus from the Matrix.

Never gamble with a Spaniard!

Marc Cuban: living the Nietzschean dream?  

Please, please let this casting rumor turn out to be true.

Best episode of the Daily Show ever?

Well, there goes the Big Mac theory.

A couple of humorous mistakes made on TV.

Mister Bookseller is an excellent demonstration of the legitimacy of comics as an artistic medium.

Does this count as a political cartoon?

See, now this is why British tabloids are semi-legitimate. That's some fine mud-slinging. 

Video proof that Sarah Palin is a true religious nut, and then it gets weird, meanwhile Barack Obama demonstrates some impressive political leadership in a sitdown with Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes. 

The Gyllenhaals.

The best Fark headline of recent memory, to be sure.

A startlingly apt review of Philip Bobbitt and his book Terror and Consent, based on what I've heard from my friends who actually took the class.

If I didn't know that P.J. O'Rourke was an essentially libertarian satirist, I might find his piece "On God" repugnant.

This might well be the hardest piece of Modern English to read aloud without making a mistake.

As we should have known all along, T. Boone Pickens is an evil genius.

Does the fact that the Bush Administration has agreed to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq mean that the McCain campaign has to finally stop saying that Obama lacks regard for "the facts on the ground?"  Probably not.

Juxtaposition of the week. And an honorable mention.

An artist's commentary on brain drain instigated by capitalism.

A great example of how web 2.0 works: someone invokes a meme in a comment somewhere, which is followed up and made better (with diminshing returns) by several more smartass commenters.  Those comments are then replicated by various social networking mechanisms, which is further commented upon and improved upon once more.

Oh, I love this story: Jackson Brown has sued John McCain for copyright violation for using "Running on Empty" in a campaign ad in Ohio without permission. I'm sure John "I don't know how many houses I have" McCain will be able to foot the bill.

You would think that, with a name like Dick Busch, you'd choose a less suggestive logo.

Michael Phelps was a fast swimmer from the start.

Apparently, people play Mario Kart better when they've had a few (up to .08 BAC)...I'd like to see the results after a few more.

This article is a perfect example of how the New Yorker (here, Malcolm Gladwell) can be absolutely fascinating at first but then you realize that you're only 1/3 of the way through the article by the time you expect it to be wrapping up.

I don't know what's funnier: that a "Study Says 'Gaydar' is Real" or that the editor went with that headline.

I can't tell...is this technically irony?

Weight Watchers = Dieting RPG.  No wonder it works.

Not 'shopped?  The horror, the horror.

Two takes on Obama's strategy of comparing Obama to Bush rather than Obama to McCain. Cant's say I disagree, but I have to call out the ad hominem attacks as I see them.

Intellectuals (or at least anti-anti-intellectuals) for Obama.

[XKCD] Diebold: You're doing it wrong.

Some pretty impressive modeling inspired by an episode of The Simpsons.

Architectural wonders in the works.

[The Onion] Chinese Officials: Deadly Virus Sweeping China is Just Olympic Fever.  Hilarious.

An ironic screenshot and a slightly more tangentially ironic screenshot.

Possibly the ultimate post of the minifeed: The Internet Meme Timeline!

Introducing the Barackroll.

For Chris Jones: why we capitalize I.

How could I miss the Encino School of Viral Videos all this time?

It is also the season for some Hipster Olympics.

Statler and Waldorf make it onto teh internets!  Grumpy hecklers rejoice (if that's not oxymoronic)!

Crap Movie Comics presents: a brutally honest retelling of Iron Man.

This driver's day is about to get a lot shittier.

Finally!  A zombie dating site...because zombies need post-apocalyptic love, too.

While everyone is flailing about in search of the slightest Obama gaffe, McCain is busy pumping out gaffes about geography and history.  I'll at least give him the benefit of the doubt by calling them gaffes and not intentional misstatements or deceptions.

I would almost call this on-screen typo ironic, except that Fox News (like all instances of doublespeak) confounds the meaning of the word.

I suppose this French lesson might come in handy somehow, but it reads better as a conversation. 

Columbia's use of eminent domain continues apace as Manhattanville is officially declared "blighted."

This is how I roll too.

Scientology's child labor abuses exposed...guess that bit of news didn't really make it across the Pacific.

The latest and greatest fascism watch tidbit.

Ayn Rand in Playboy Magazine is pretty sweet because there are no pics...well, not that kind anyway.

Nutraloaf: the food that is so bad it might be unconstitutional.

Is George W. Bush carrying out his grandfather's plot of overthrowing the U.S. government and installing a fascist dictatorship in its place?  His motivations might be debatable though, sadly, the results aren't. 

In a move practically ripped out of the pages of Atlas Shrugged or some other economic dystopia brought on by government idiocy, the Bureau of Land Management has called for a two-year moratorium on new solar plants.

Classic works of literature summed up in three lines.  Hemingway would be proud.

Careless shelving = contextual hilarity.

I'm sorry, but I would never order the "bukkake" at any restaurant, let alone yours, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

"Teach the Controversy" is good shorthand for why teaching cannot be based on democratic preferences. 

"Nuking the fridge" is the new "jumping the shark." 

I was starting to worry about the fact that I was capable of enjoying a Coldplay song, but then I found out that it was ripped off an Indie band from Brooklyn.

More scary indicators of creeping American fascism.

Durex is getting a bit cocky

The fact that schools are cutting gifted students programs to comply with No Child Left Behind is a good illustration of why equality of treatment rarely approximates equality of opportunity. 

McCain admits that he is entirely computer illiterate...and other contrasts with Obama.

I am excited to watch Bill Maher's "Religulous." 

"Why I am an anti-intellectual."  Worthy of your consideration, despite the foreboding title. 

The fact that Islamists have proposed an international anti-blasphemy law that would criminalize "slandering" Mohammed is a good illustration of why the rule of law and democracy are not synonymous with liberalism. 

Hover boards coming soon. About damn time.

Obama is literally putting his money where his mouth is by banning all lobbyist and PAC contributions to the DNC

The sadly legitimate and ongoing debate over whether or not Americans are too dumb to vote recalls to mind Churchill's insight that democracy is the worst form of government except every other form tried so for.   

I don't know if I would want an anti-energy drink.

"Six degrees of Wikipedia," an awesome tool resembling the Kevin Bacon game it refers to, has determined that 2007 is the center of Wikipedia, along with some other pretty awesome factoids.

Engrish is hilarious, but it may make grocery shopping in foreign countries difficult

In another stroke of casting genius, Robert Downey Jr. is apparently set to play Hugh Hefner, adding to his growing list of superhero roles.

Ex-Porn almost seems dirtier than the original.

This Obama/JFK comparison is a good illustration of the many yet to come. 

Beer Pong: coming soon for the Nintendo Wii. 

How to be a public intellectual, by Christopher Hitchens.  Of course, this begs the question: does being a public intellectual require jackassery or does it merely encourage it?  The former would certainly help me sleep better.

Heinz is breeding sweeter tomatoes to fight rising corn costs.  I love biotechnology, and anyone who doesn't is a Luddite.

Everything you wanted to know about Donnie Darko, but were afraid to ask.  Not a bad summary of this excellent, but convoluted, plot and its related website/director's cut. 

Things that are younger than McCain...like Alaska. 

For those of you who still don't understand the sub-prime crisis, check out this extremely simple and somewhat funny comic that explains it all quite nicely.

More from the world of missed opportunity costs: "As little as US$90 will plant 900 trees, enough to annually remove as much carbon dioxide as is annually generated by the fossil-fuel usage of an average United States resident."[1]

This rap about The Economist is lyrically perfect. 

Hillary's new electoral strategy: bring in the anti-intellectual vote by refusing to "put in [her] lot with the economists" who rightly denounced the McCain/Clinton tax holiday as nonsensical. 

The only commencement speech you really need, courtesy of renowned libertarian P.J. O'Rourke. 

The most recent sign of fascism on the march in America: a charter school focusing on homeland security.

Metaphors abound when Hillary Clinton bet on Eight Belles, the horse who placed second after Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby, only to be immediately euthanized on the track afterwards. 

So, that Marilyn Monroe sex tape might have been faked after all. 

I admit that when I heard about the DC Madam's death, I thought the suicide story was covering up murder, but listening to her predict that would happen makes it all the more believable. 

WARNING: the Final Jeopardy blog is like crack.  

Sanest church ever

A highly interesting factoid on opportunity costs and misperception of relative magnitudes.  My favorite. 

Looks like the Atlas Shrugged movie is happening, and Angelina Jolie is confirmed as Dagny, which may be the best casting choice ever.  I wonder what the public will think. 

The Gullibility Test demonstrates fairly effectively and comedically why Scientology continues to exist. 

There Will Be Bud is surprisingly an extremely well-done parody and does no disrespect to an amazing movie.

The idea that the stuff provided by capitalism (as its goal?) is destructive to a more adult, satisfied human spirit is not new.  That was Rousseau's argument. 

A very handy website for finding beer in NYC, however I've already noticed that it's incomplete...is that a problem? 

A very wry assessment of the typical crowd at a rock show, and last night's Tokyo Police Club concert was no exception. 

Marvel vs. Capcom was an incredible game series, so why shouldn't the same formula work for Mortal Kombat and the DC Universe

The Colbert Bump is very real.  No wonder Clinton, Edwards, and Obama were on it the other night. 

I suspect that people have problems assessing relative levels of risk for things like cancer because of the power of the narrative structure that underlies sensationalist attacks. 

Masturbation can prevent prostate cancer.  As if we needed a reason. 

Dean Kamen is surely a world historical individual, but not for the Segway. 

Marilyn Monroe sextape unearthed, re-earthed.  My applause to the person willing to spend $1.5m on the behalf of decency. 

Discovery of the decade?  Alzheimer's could be cured in minutes with this novel use of an old drug

Skyy's response to Absolut's Mexican indiscretion is hilarious.  Bet you didn't expect to see "Don't get me started on the Gadsen Purchase" in a vodka company's press release, did you? 

A simple, yet great music video.  It makes you irrationally happy without being cheap about it. 

It looks like Rickrolling the Mets one time will have to be enough...for now. 

Now, Israel is the country threatening to wipe Iran off the face of the map.  Don't Israeli politicians see something inherently un-Jewish about this?!

Sometimes, the Onion really hits the mark

A decently concise cartoon illustrating all the main hypocrisies of the drug war

The Church of Scientology is threatening Wikileaks for publishing "unpublished, copyrighted" Scientology documents including "secret cult bibles."  Keep on fighting the good fight(s) Wikileaks.

Identical twins' genes are not identical.  Puts an interesting spin on the whole nature vs. nurture debate, eh? 

WTF?

I think Obama stands for the proposition that experience is not necessarily a benefit if the paradigm is corrupt.  His point on arts in the education is the latest data point to support that notion.  

For those of you who can't get enough Rick (Astley), here's the Pop-up Video with some juicy tidbits, including one about a debate over whether or not Rick should roll (!) up his sleeves.

It's like a Singaporean McLovin'.

Holy crap, I hope that the power of digg, fark, and reddit manage to Rickroll the Mets.  If you still don't know what a Rickroll is, welcome to the internet.

Dick Morris has an excellent, concise summary of why Hillary is still in the race.  

The Richard Dawkins rap has excellent production values and effort, even if the underlying content is mediocre. 

One more reason to NOT quit drinking coffee

Some people are whining that "fat-ism" is more widespread than racism.  I see no reason not to discriminate against fat people because a) one's weight is ultimately a choice, regardless of genetic predisposition, b) obesity costs taxpayers $75 billion a year in avoidable medical expenses, and c) these are physical differences that affect practical considerations like whether or not you can fit into an airplane seat.   

If there is anyone out there who still wasn't convinced that Chuck Norris was an unabashed evangelical/moral majoritarian/fascist, his upcoming commencement speech at Liberty University should eliminate all doubt.

The George W. Bush Sewage Plant sounds like a fitting honor. 

Hillary Clinton is F*ing Obama, to the tune of Sarah Silverman's "I'm F*ing Matt Damon."  Brilliant. 

One might wonder why, if a totally unaffiliated company can cause fanboys to wet their pants by putting out a fake (though awesome) trailer for a fake Zelda movie, doesn't Nintendo just go ahead and make one.  My guess: Nintendo is probably zealously protecting its intellectual property from the likes of Uwe Boll.

Jack Handey is still hilarious, and the funniest thing in the New Yorker by leaps and bounds. 

Irony is...calling liberalism bigoted, racist, and fascist.

I think this lolcat wins

Irony is...plagiarizing an honor code

A history of LSD, done as a pitch-perfect parody of one of Jack Chick's fundamentalist Christian comics

Sean Connery on schlapping some bitches

I wonder what Tocqueville would have thought of the "Order of Precedence." 

Obama's speech on the economy (in the latest in what is becoming quite an impressive series) had explicit overtones of progressivism and regulation, but it's still far better than everything else on offer.    

[Spam] Free, legal web-based Photoshop?  Wow. 

The first Facebook harassment case was thrown out of court, thankfully.  And they say AMERICANS are litigious.

[APD] Not really news, but it's no wonder I've gotten addicted to working out

When you think about how much better Obama would be for conservatives than McCain, it's no wonder that the Republican/News Corp/Ann Coulter apparatus is supporting Hillary. 

CLS is back on top...of NYU at least

The continuing saga of Rick Astley

Jewno

The White House destroys its hard drives containing incriminating email conversations.  How can we not see that this is the behavior of individuals seeking to avoid being charged with war crimes?  

I'd say Douglas Adam's explanation of the infinite parallel universe hypothesis in Mostly Harmless was more entertaining than this video of Super Mario explaining it, but the latter sure is quicker. 

Matt and Trey have made the smart move and are now offering South Park uncensored and online for free, legally.  Media content producers, take note. 

Becker and Posner on "intelligence doping," with the high caliber arguments you'd expect from intellectual giants favoring free markets.

Facebook chat coming soon.  The web just got a bit more competitive.

"A prominent politician spoke to Americans about race as though they were adults." --Jon Stewart

Alright, Mythbusters can stay

[Goone] Viral videos can be tricky.

If I were Mario, I'd probably be getting tired of Nintendo's "stop-loss" program by now too. 

You can pretty much always rely on Bill Maher to host an excellent political/social discussion if religion is the subject. 

Bush has become a parody of himself (as though he wasn't already).  Thankfully, someone caught it on video.

The Philosopher's Hotel probably has some very intelligent suckers stay as guests.  I can see the appeal. 

Cannabis may help treat Alzheimers?...Wait, what? 

The internet commenters' funeral

Economic analysis sure can find some inconvenient correlations.

Wow, this little sum-up of national politics in Pokemon form is full of surprisingly well-constructed analogies.  

[APD] Today's hilarious lawyer-witness exchange is one of the more impressive I've seen.

Recipe for viral success: a popular song parody involving boobs.   

Finally, some good news from the Superdelegate count

Hillary's campaign ad was doctored to make Obama look blacker?! 

Well, that makes sense.  Apparently, Moses was tripping balls at Mt. Sinai

Way to go out with style and class, Brett.

Yes, it does make everything better.  

The most redneck utterance ever captured on paper. 

A good discussion of Obama and Jewish v0ting dynamic

Strange employees indeed. 

A good account of why libertarians support Obama.  And yet another reason.

GOBs of fun with Will Arnett

Wow, Scientology is a really stark example of the evils of religion.

Not lovin' it anymore, eh?

Quite the ironic captcha

A fairly apt, if resentful, obituary for William F. Buckley, Jr

Google's algorithms are hilarious

This excellent philosophical op-ed of sorts echoes Nietzsche by exposing the motives that underlie the unnecessarily analytical approach so often taken by lazy or untalented academics, with the value of reductionism and coherence as the prime victims.

Seems like Garfield is actually hilarious...if you just remove Garfield from all the strips

So, I used to think that about one-quarter of Americans are unfit for self-rule for reason of ignorance...now it looks closer to one half.

[The Onion] Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results of 2008 Election Early

Nice work, Academy.  Just about all the right people won

Thank goodness for the wisdom of the chaperones who save the internet from the unwashed masses (like me?).

Clever advertising campaign for a document destruction service

Some dude randomly called out Fox News during a live segment. 

Barack isn't the black knight.

New research supports the economic intuition that an expensive secondary good (like popcorn at a movie theater) subsidizes the primary good (the movie ticket), which benefits consumers by allowing more people to consume the primary product (bigger movie audiences).

What if Super Mario Galaxy was on the SNES

Republican fearmongering continues, aptly summarized by Glenn Greenwald.

Yeah, you know that part of Torts about medical product liability...go ahead and forget all that.

Hitler's personal bodyguards must have had it rough.

100 Kirbies

[APD] Stuff White People Like.   True. 

Are we living through the un-Enlightenment?  Hard to say, given the subtle impact of the Internet on how people use and access information and knowledge.

Small, implementable ideas like this one almost always have a greater (and more efficient) impact than convoluted regulatory schemes like the Kyoto Protocol that are actually only designed to look effective. 

It is unsurprising that Bush has an unwavering 20-25% baseline of public support, when that same proportion of the population believes that the sun revolves around the Earth and other such falsehoods.

Putin calls out Hillary by saying that "A head of state ought to have a head" and Keith Olbermann calls Bush a fascist and a liar.  Good day for political commentary.

If this sort of stuff is going to be Hillary's modus operandi, she's taking her cues from Karl Rove's playbook.

An inspiring story about working one's way up from nothing but $25 in your pocket through determination and personal responsibility that I only wish was as simple as it sounds.

Democrats are rightly worried about whether misogyny or racism will be a more prevalent bias in the general election.  While it seems wrong to "cater" to either "constituency" by choosing a nominee on that basis, there is some more recent proof that Americans are terrible political actors.

If this is supposed to be Hillary's response to Obama's Yes We Can, I know why Hillary has been firing her campaign staff

They beat The Onion to it: Atheist sees image of Big Bang in piece of toast

How would women react if a romance novel inverted the sexes?

I have long believed that human beings might have potential psychic abilities.  Now there may be some proof accumulating.

Protect all speech equally, please. 

Gods we do not believe in

Anyone know where Exit 340 is? 

Go Xenu!  Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg. 

An inspiring speech by Obama on faith and politics.  It takes a little while for him to get warmed up, but it's worth it.

Guess who is leading the fight against Scientology.  No really, guess. 

You know how you can tell the Republican Party (or the Conservative Political Action Conference, at least) has gone totally fascist?  When crowds start chanting "4 more years" when Bush walks on stage.

Idiotic attempts at political correctness at the Claremont Colleges?  No way! 

This interview with a nullo is not for the faint of heart.  Consider it on the level of 2 girls 1 cup, but entirely in text form.

Both Obama and Hillary have already signed the American Freedom Pledge, which sponsors the American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007, a bill introduced by Ron Paul, which is a fantastic summation of extremely necessary policy changes (like getting rid of the secret camp inside Guantanmo).  See, third-party candidates (let's face it, Ron Paul is not really a Republican) are useful when they bring ideas to the center of a political discussion. 

Huckabee-ism

In honor of Super Tuesday, here's "Voting and You" featuring Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin') and Ed Helms.

Apparently, high heels help women work out "the pleasure muscles linked to orgasm."  So quit complaining about the stilettos, ladies.  

According to this report, the web has 155,583,825 sites, and counting.

Dewey defeats Truman, Superbowl edition. 

I think South Park said it best when they conceded that at least 1/4 of the American populace is politically retarded, and it seems the same applies to the British as well

A compelling pitch for Obama by Frank Rich, who is always a pleasure to read. 

The gears are in motion for an Arrested Development movie!

[APD] The Tiddy Bear makes driving much more fun! 

Matt Damon is so good that he makes Sarah Silverman good by association

Comics have literary value in that they are capable of really excellent political and social commentary.

What a poetically brilliant display of the efficacy of government

The headline that just won't die.  No pun intended. 

Obama is the Democrats' Reagan

Dragon sighting

I wonder how many pink upholstered vagina couches there are in the world.

"Threat Alert" Jesus is a depressingly accurate slice of Americana. 

David Hasselhoff's remake of Hooked on a Feeling may be the most ridiculous video on youtube, which is saying a lot of course.

I don't know how reliable this is, but the History Channel has condoned the theory that the anthrax strains used in the attacks after 9/11 were under the "near-total control of the Department of Defense."

Arbitrage is the market's way of saying you didn't read enough Hayek

Chuck Klosterman on why the Pats are simply too perfect to be likable.   

A recent Google bomb fixed the result of typing "find Chuck Norris" and clicking I'm Feeling Lucky nicely.

A great list of RPG cliches.  Yes, I think it's funny, and if you don't, well then you were just cooler than me in high school.  Speaking of video games, I've been greatly enjoying Zero Punctuation's flash reviews.

I've found that magazine journalism still has a fair amount of integrity, but less balls.  For instance, you'd probably never see an issue of Time blatantly calling Scientology a cult again.

Some guy developed his own software to play guitar on the iPod Touch.  Now that's a guitar hero.

Only in Russia would you see pics like these...thankfully.  

Excerpts from the USC Admissions Application (according to the Stanford Chaparral) include "Did you read a book this year?  If 'yes,' why?" 

In the battle of Conan vs. Colbert, I think Conan wins this round.

One things all experts can agree on... 

If you understand your cyberspace subculture, this video about an Internet house party will be hilarious.

Stephen Colbert's portrait is hanging near the National Portrait Gallery's "America's Presidents" exhibit. Granted, it's next to the bathroom, but that's still pretty good.

An excellent Christopher Hitchens speech on speech (audio), starting out with an apt critique of Oliver Wendell Holmes' famous "fire in a crowded theater" line.  Indeed, as I become more and more familiar with Holmes' politics, I've found them dissatisfying, but I still unshakably appreciate his method.

Don't believe the mainstream media is systematically excluding Ron Paul from its coverage?  Is the New York Times mainstream enough?

This Tocquevillian rant on the lost art of cooperation may properly criticize the competitive and individualistic ideology touted by Reagan/Tatcher for being Manichean, but not for its insights into human nature.  And as one other ranter argues, capitalism is good for the soul in some more subtle ways.

If France is still wondering why its economy struggles, maybe it's because it fines companies thousands of euros per day for offering competitively lower prices--or in Amazon's case, free shipping.

Yet another example of the inability of the American public to analyze and compare the costs and benefits between discrete issues: prescription drugs are far more lethal than recreational drugs.

The "responsibility code" of a Northern New Jersey college that was designed to promote "civility" demonstrates that political correctness taken to its logical limit is tantamount to censorship and a probably unconstitutional abridgment of freedom of speech.  From the article: "Impassioned speech is not always polite or civil."  Indeed.

Happy 7th Birthday, Wikipedia!

That's Mona Lisa del Giocondo for anybody interested.  Dan Brown is already planning a spin-off.

Almost all worthwhile psychological research happens in evolutionary psychology, but examining the intersection of morals and instincts, and the quest for an objective metric to measure that intersection, is much more fascinating than I would have thought possible.

Sorry Sarko, but subjective responses to questionnaires on happiness is not an objective metric on which to base economic decisions. 

Pretty much the best self-shot ever.

This art makes great use of scale.  And yes, I do think it's art.

Ron Paul's response to Wolf Blitzer's query about the "Ron Paul Newsletters" was pretty great except for when he had to actually answer the question (watch the video). 

Mike Huckabee is about to become "Vick"-timized by the press. 

Why don't people realize they can change names gone horribly/hilariously wrong

I greatly enjoyed Neil Gaiman's short story, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." 

Alleging damages of $3 QUADRILLION (more than 200 times larger than GDP) may not be the smartest way to get public sympathy on the side of the Katrina victims suing the federal government.

Jay-Z is a smart businessman, and knows that "audience participation" gets people to work for him for free, while they create some tight music of their own in the process.  My friend Steven is one such audience participant, and his remix of Jay-Z's latest album, "American Gangster," is available for download here.

Ron Paul said that he was going to sue Fox News for fraud in claiming to be "fair and balanced" on Leno.  That would definitely be up there in the running for trial of the century if it happens.

The new hotness in videos and social networking is bigthink.com.  Think of it as youtube for thinkers, sponsored by the likes of Harvard's Ex-President Larry Summers.

New Jersey, the progressive place that it is, has denied adoption rights to prospective Atheist parents, ostensibly based on the same idiotic logic underlying arguments for gay marriage bans.

2 ducks 1 cup

The politics of Apocalypse are likely to continue because of a valid need to weigh opportunity costs in setting policy, despite the inability of the public to check the politicians' measurements.

Think your job is hard?  At least you're not a creation scientist

Miss America

All of the genius of the best Fark headlines from 2007 in one convenient page.

Musharraf may be Machiavellian, but his principality is falling apart.

UN-intended irony is the best kind. 

Abstinence-only education: gag me.

Fascism is on the march.  Or on the creep, depending on how apparent it is to you. 

Why we spend so much on military spending: only 5% of the contracts are subject to any competition.

Facts are my anti-Drug War. 

How to spot a terrorist, brought to you by the Ministry of Homeland Security. 

As expected, economists largely support Ron Paul for president, but Tyler Cowen is still abstaining from jumping on the bandwagon, for some fair reasons.

Tom Hanks IS 007.  Not bad, Collegehumor, not bad. 

The best 19 movies you probably missed in 2007.  I'll definitely be checking out quite a few of these.

A nice portrayal of Rudy, the fascist

Hilarious Onion headline: Libertarian Reluctantly Calls Fire Department.  Of course, that's why most reasonable libertarians (notice the lowercase 'l') believe in using the public sector where positive externalities are involved.

Investors have begun investing in and speculating on lawsuits.  Is this really any different from a law firm working on a contingency fee basis?

Ron Paul, quoting Sinclair Lewis: "When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."

As seen on South Park: playable Heroin Hero

A very subtle bra ad

More on the nature vs. nurture debate: nurture is ahead by a horselength

Imagine if the Beatles did Stairway to Heaven on Ed Sullivan. 

OK, so it's probably not true, but the Daily Kos reported that : an isolated fire in storage room utility closet on the third floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office building destroyed White House records pertaining to just about every scandal that has plagued this administration.  It's actually a good concise list to remind everyone of the staggering amount of corruption that has gone on in the last 7 years.

Recent gems from bash.org

The Supreme Court finally did something to mitigate the insanity in the war on drugs!  Quick rundown: judges are bound by statutorily prescribed mandatory minimum sentences, but retain the discretion to ignore multipliers triggered by the possession of certain drugs.

I really want to believe that the 2004 Ohio voting machine fraud conspiracy theorists have more credible evidence behind them than the 9/11 truthers, but I sorta doubt it.

Sadly, Ayn Rand's vociferous belief in objective truth left her and her followers incapable of admitting their own faults, making Objectivism the "unlikeliest cult" it is today.  However, I agree with the rejoinder that the fault lay more in Rand's egoistic delight of being at the center of a cult of personality than in her philosophy.

It actually looks like Heath Ledger will be able to pull off the Joker admirably.  

Keith Olbermann, definitely the best cable newscaster out there, comments on his special comments and political philosophy in general.  Makes me want to get cable just to watch MSNBC. 

Overt suggestiveness has always been my favorite advertising method. 

The book-in-progress "How Experts Fail: The Patterns and Situations in Which Experts Are Less Intelligent Than Non-Experts" looks fascinating, but the prospective over-application of this argument worries me. 

Fareed Zakaria hits the nail on the head in his critique of the U.S.'s approach to foreign affairs once again.  My favorite line this time around: "global capitalism is producing its own well-funded anticapitalists."

It's human innovation like this machine that can squeeze oil from much anything that makes me confident that politicians will not be solving the major crises of our generation, but presiding over them.

This Kant attack ad is definitely College Humor's finest release since Street Fighter: the Later Years

For those of you who think the people at Reason Magazine are just a bunch of Republican hacks, check out this wonderful argument for the restoration of habeas corpus.  Maybe they're just pre-1994 Republicans.

One more reason why Obama should really be President (and not Ron Paul, but I don't say that it in public): he turned down huge clerkships and job offers to pursue community legal services while writing his memoir.

The mere speculation that Johnny Depp might play Pee-Wee Herman in a movie written by Paul Rubens and directed by Tim Burton (he directed Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, after all) has me squirming with excitement.

To those of you who believe that the "long-shot" candidates are not worth a wasted primary vote (or worse, that your vote never matters), you may be willingly taking on the role of political spectator rather than political actor.  Don't forget that a democracy's acquiescence in accepting predetermined "mainstream" or "electable" candidates is a step down the road to a fascist state

"No religious test" indeed, America. 

Of course we can't trace $2 trillion of military funding.  How else would we get our James Bonds and our new Iranian contras funded?

In another contribution to the IQ-race debate, Malcolm Gladwell points out that hereditability cannot explain the Flynn Effect (where IQ rises consistently over generations), but one's environment might.

Damn, it seems as though the Led Zeppelin reunion concert was worth the $2,000 price of admission.

Isn't it weird to miss Ari Fleischer?  Current White House Press Secretary Dana Perino admitted that she did not know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was, after being asked about it on NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me." 

Whoa, apparently IQ heritability is low in lower-class groups (genetics are as low as 10-20% deterministic of IQ), putting a new spin on the raging Race-IQ debate.   

No more loling for this cat.  

Huge "ocean" discovered inside the earth's core.  Sounds like a Michael Bay rip-off of a Jules Verne novel waiting to happen. 

Experiments in deliciousness: bacon chocolate chip cookies with maple cinnamon glaze

The rules of internet laughter

2 girls, 1 cup, 2 halves of 1 essay covering the subject.  

We Didn't Start the Fire for Web 2.0

HOLY CRAP.  Why is it so hard to make sure we don't let Bush turn Iran into another Iraq?  

College students are dumber than chimps.  Or at least, they're more wasted while taking the test. 

Behold!  The most redundant book title ever.

Now, here's something that's minifeed-worthy: Astronauts DID NOT have sex in space, as was recently asserted.  Work on your fact-checking, Guardian. 

Mark Zuckerberg is suing for some privacy, which reinforces my belief that irony ought to be a sufficient reason to dismiss a case.

At least one FCC commissioner will enjoy my forthcoming Note. 

Though This Modern World has a tendency to shriek, it hit the nail on the head with Rudy.  

The bastard breakup is hilarious -- done in the style of a Will Ferrell/Arnett.

Not a bad explanation of what a meme is, but it fails to capture the flavor teh interwebnets has given it.  

Rodney King is at it again...quit it, dude.

Mike Gravel + YouTube rap remix = hilarity

At least people are calling out Karl Rove for his Orwellian education in History this time.  

Misleading headline of the day: Meet the supermouse bred by genetic scientists that CAN'T get cancer.  If you read the article, you notice that the mouse can get cancer (it occurs naturally as a process of DNA replication, after all), the mouse just generates a protein that attacks cancerous cells, but not healthy ones.

i can has best inturnship evar? In other news, U.S. literacy rates are falling...O RLY?

In a news story made for Fark.com, Dicks to merge with Chicks.  

lib•er•tar•ian.  Though I am sometimes sheepish to adopt the label because it sounds the same as Libertarian, I admit that my political pride has been swelling lately.

What a dumb crook.  No, not a politician...this time.

If you didn't know it before, here's proof positive that Chuck Norris is a crazy right-wing Christian, which makes him all the more scary in my book.

Ironically, when the screenwriters go on strike, you get their entertainment for free.  

Italian Archaeologists have supposedly found the cave of Romulus and Remus.   Meanwhile, an Italian man has recently unveiled what has not unreasonably been dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by the Italian government.  Must be something in that Pelligrino. 

You've seen human Tetris?  Well, how about the sexy sequel

SCARY: watering the seeds of American fascism which have already been sown. 

Just like any good zombie, the "I like turtles" kid is back from the dead. 

Some wordy optical illusions

Wondermark is great

It's like baby Lamont, only furrier

When the drug war is over, we can finally have a drug free America

Kangaroos have a funny way of expressing boredom.

Alan Dershowitz's advocacy of the use of torture "because it worked for the Nazis" shows how ideologically bankrupt this new form of fascism is, and how sadly correlated it is with Zionism.

More than a decade later, and the central thesis of The Bell Curve is still difficult for liberals to swallow, despite the impending evidence supporting the proposition.  We'll see if people in this age turns out to embrace or shun science; our track record is not good.

Both CNN and Fox News suck.  At least CNN is less malicious. 

Pastafarianism, the "religion" that worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster in all his noodly glory, has finally made it to the American Academy of Religion's annual meeting.

I'm sorry I missed George Bush's speech to the Federalist Society, since it appears that his speechwriters were probably knowingly satirizing him.

An eloquent defense of why Anti-Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism.

No. Way.  Scientists have isolated the oral sex gene?  

Surfer dude stuns physicists with "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything," which has been getting rave reviews.  Yeah, I thought this was an Onion headline at first, too.  

Family Guy without Seth MacFarlane?  This writers' strike needs to end.

I wonder what Cowbell Hero would look like on Expert. 

Even the Associated Press makes mistakes sometimes.   

The U.S. lacks reporters (you know, people who can give you a news story with some context and analysis).  We only have pundits who read wire services these days.  At least the British press is still populated by intellectuals.

The web is littered with how-to guides, but this one on prosyletization is the scariest one I've ever seen.

Here's one feminist movement I can really support.  

Rap songs represented by Microsoft Office graphs. Some are more clever as the original rap; others are about as incoherent.

Intellectuals ranging from Friedrich Nietzsche to Mark Twain to Norman Mailer (RIP) have noted that recognizing a certain degree of inherent inequality is necessary for intellectual honesty and coping with reality, but the "Cult of Non-Judgmentalism" is sadly in ascendancy.  

Anyone who's actually listened to Country music could tell you it contains more references to substance than Rock, but at least now there's proof.

I just called some Ron Paul bitches out on some fake interview bullshit.  My comment is the 39th one (assuming the blogger doesn't take it down).

Ahh, Calvin and Hobbes

This upcoming Internet stupidity filter would probably filter out a disappointingly high proportion of my law school friends.  

Americans agree that Americans are not smart enough to rule themselves.  I'm guessing they didn't mean it in a deep, philosophical, the-wisest-man-is-the-man-who-knows-that-he-does-not-know-anything sense. 

Wine "experts" fail to distinguish the difference between a white wine and the same wine with red food coloring.  

Honor amongst thieves.

Proponents of organic crops are elitists who don't care about the poor and bar useful genetically modified products from entering the market through their hysteria.

Fall has certainly been watered down, if not canceled, here in New York.  

Facebook is introducing a feature that allows users to endorse products they enjoy, further turning its users' activity into valuable market research.  No wonder Facebook is worth billions. 

Belgium charges Scientology with fraud.  Try suing them for libel in England.

Irony is: the Bush Administration telling Musharraf never to abridge civil liberties to prosecute terrorism.

Think you know which city/county/zip code in the U.S. is the best?  Depends on what categories you choose to measure.  

Jesus vs. Jeezus (i.e., the American edition). 

I remembered the 5th of November by donating $5 to Ron Paul, the only candidate who is actually committed to the ideal of liberty.  In total, he managed to raise over $4.2 million in one day, thanks in no small part to the memory of Guy Fawkes.  Maybe there's hope for America after all. 

Of course, Colbert dropped his presidential bid.  He wants to keep his job, after all. 

If anyone knows how to reduce democracy without getting your population in an uproar, it's George W. Bush.  Take note, Musharraf.    

Noam Chomsky makes an excellent point about concision (ironically in sound bite form): it is the way you manufacture consent.  Luckily, the web is breaking down these constraints. 

Facebook is more popular than porn.  Makes sense, considering  most people probably wouldn't be willing to risk watching porn 3-4 times during class or work...I think. 

Sexual positions for the lonely and loveless.  Hilarious.

Wow, there's some hope for SNL these days after all. 

I hope editors read what they're about to print carefully.

Duh: Biofuels cause more environmental degradation than the prevent

Where do I sign up for some Olympian worship?  

The liver is evil

Apparently, Facebook music is coming.  It might even be cool. 

Colbert's candidacy was rejected by South Carolina's Democratic Party.  Smart strategic move, if the Dems want to take the state.

And I thought my homemade Halloween costume was clever. 

Top 10 dumbest song lyrics, courtesy of Cracked magazine, which has successfully infiltrated Digg with a tried and true formula.  Bonus points for a picture of David Hasselhoff nude.  Thanks for the pointer, Justin.

The latest "I've said it before and I'll say it again": farm subsidies are the cause of obesity in America.

I would be inclined to believe that NASA is hiding evidence of ancient cities on the Moon, if it weren't for the related story on the top of the page reading "U.S. hunters take picture of Bigfoot."  

Bob Barker's audition for SportsCenter shows he has a great sense of humor, if not modesty.

Apparently, Deists will have to get a new metaphor, since scientists have shown how to evolve a watch

Second-lifers, get a first life. Thanks to Dan for the pointer. 

These resume mistakes make me feel slightly better about my own history of typos.  Just slightly. 

Even Noam Chomsky, hero of conspiracy theorists everywhere, says that 9/11 was not an inside job, so shut up you "9/11 truthers."  You're giving truth a bad name. 

Bill Maher: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  

Best performance by a 12-year old girl on the entire internet.  No, not that kind of performance, sicko.

George Will's op-ed on abortion's "so-what?" factor is totally substantiated by Planned Parenthood v. Casey.  This one issue shouldn't occupy so much attention when it's not particularly subject to change.

Though there are certainly dark portents for the quality of the next generation of Americans, I hope this article is somewhat overstating its case. 

Some rare Bill Waterson art from before Calvin & Hobbes.  As always with Waterson, it is Art. 

Donald Rumsfeld was charged with torture by French public interest groups, who have standing to bring such claims through an "action civile."  Thank you, otherwise useless elective. 

We Didn't Start the Viral: awesome. We Didn't Start this Website: not bad. 

iPhone 2 in March?  Probably just more memory, higher resolution camera, and at most, CDMA support, I'd wager.

Now here's something really funny about Colbert's "candidacy": he's polling 13% against Clinton and Guiliani.

Uhh, I think something is wrong with either the label or the customer of this product.

Apparently, Bush's first ever mention in the New York Times came when he defended his fraternity's practice of branding pledges on the ass with a red-hot coat hanger.  Where were the opposition researchers on that one? 

While I did know that Pikachu gave lots of kids pleasure, I didn't realize Pikachu was female.  

Economists > Environmentalists.  

Like music, life is not about the end, but the process of getting there. 

Dane Cook is the worst comedian (if you can call prancing buffoonery comedy) ever.  He doesn't have jokes, and he egregiously steals the jokes he does tell from tons of comics.  Close behind is Carlos Mencia, though I have no doubt that many of his jokes (which are funny, at least) are actually original.

Pffft, as if gay marriage opponents could be swayed by logic, even if it's funny logic. 

Finally, a hero at Guantanamo.  Thankfully, despite the Bush Administration's best efforts, people can still think for themselves.

Hooray!  Researchers have found a way to neutralize AIDS. 

A nice comic using textual citations of the Bible to show that life begins at birth, not conception.

Apparently, rape is no longer rape when the victim is a prostitute.  Then it's "theft of services."

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there are high amounts of molestation in schools because otherwise talented pedophiles are willing to take low-wage teaching jobs for their relatively higher skills, since they supplement their income with other kinds of utility and will therefore get hired over less qualified non-pedophiles.  Pay teachers double, and you'll effectively end the problem.

Right wing hacks who change their position every stop on the caucus tour + the stalker qualities of Facebook  = Hilarity.  Nice work, People for the American Way and RightWingWatch.

This may be the most phallic beer commercial ever

Someone made a comic with Plato.  Needless to say, it's not very funny.  

Colbert '08...Can't be true, or else Viacom would be violating federal elections laws, but it sure is awesome.  

J.K. Rowling "reveals" that Dumbledore was gay.  Is it just me or does it seem cheap to claim to promote "values" or "messages" that weren't actually in any of her books?  UPDATE: Michael Dorf agrees.

This 18 year-old UCLA law school grad is hoping she passed the bar.  Can anyone say "gunner"? 

Wow, even I'm starting to dislike Columbia's take on academic freedom.  Too much freedom today seems to equate with too little integrity. 

Even if he doesn't get the nomination, Ron Paul's campaign should help him become a more active and effective Congressman.  

The Daily Show's new website has near-complete video archives of the show's history (post-Kilborn, that is).

Scariest item of the day/ever: Bush quips that he might just stay in power

People criticizing Wes Anderson's portrayal of non-whites just don't get what he's trying to do (and some admit it).  First of all, his protagonists are not heroes; they are deeply flawed (often highlighted by their elitist/racist tendencies) and are all the more human as a result.  Second, though he hasn't had a protagonist of another race, he's only had 5 movies.  He's only writing what both he and his audience can commune over...give him, and us, time.

Quentin Tarantino breaks down the true meaning of Top Gun.   Needless to say, it's genius. 

Six-word stories (e.g., Hemingway's "For sale: baby shoes, never used.") are awesome.    

Anyone want to help me start an NYC chapter of the Bacon Club

Karl Popper once wrote, "The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell."  Conservatives lately have been split between those who understand this statement and those who evince it.

Abortion rates are pretty consistent across countries, regardless of whether abortion is legal or not.  The difference, however, is how many women survive the abortions. 

For 5 free songs on iTunes, search for and join the Facebook group "Ticketmaster live."  You can leave immediately after getting the free songs. 

Al Gore won half of the Nobel Peace Prize for a powerpoint. 

A fucking brilliant article on swearing

Whoa, apparently your brain is programmed to process THC

Great news for Nintendo fanboys and gamer geeks like myself, as Sonic has joined the Brawl!!

Part of the privilege of free speech is the responsibility to stomach its exercise

I often find myself at the intersection of pop culture and philosophy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wow, figure out if you're left-brained or right-brained in one easy step.  And here's another neat cognitive trick.

Haha, apparently Global Warming will save lives.  I'm still worried about the effects of climate change, but the money we'd spend on slowing down global warming through some drastic carbon cut-down sure could be spent more efficiently by addressing the substantive evils of global warming directly.

Speaking of democracy, Stanley Fish has an excellent blog post answering the Aristotelian questions about democracy.  Sadly, I think conflating America with democracy (rather than republicanism with Lockean principles at its roots, as embodied by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution) is growing more and more accurate.  See below.

American democracy is in further decline as partisans follow Bush's cue and prefer political gamesmanship over the rule of law by prosecuting a Democrat and ignoring Republicans who took cash from the same allegedly corrupt source.  Indeed, this country was founded on the principle that it would only succeed as a nation of laws rather than a nation of men.  To all those who despair at such news, read some Hegel, but it probably won't be that reassuring.

In honor of Caturday (and lolcat lovers everywhere), here are a few good ones

When it comes to playing god, Craig Venter is the man. 

Apparently there's a law still on the books from the 1800's that makes contracting with mercenary groups (like Blackwater) illegal.  Good luck getting standing to enforce that one.

I've seen some weird things on YouTube in my day, but I don't know what to think about the secret alien base on the back of the moon

I'm in a Wondermark comic!  

The drug war seems to resemble Oceania's war with Eastasia/Eurasia more and more.

A hilarious Craigslist conversation on the economics of gold-diggers

Random dude in Atlantic City declares himself mayor after the current mayor goes missing. 

Some good news about human nature

“The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades,” and Demetri Martin's other such Hedbergian jokes are going to be on a Comedy Central show produced by Jon Stewart!

If we were designed, it wasn't done with much intelligence.

Funny admonitions, both criminal and political in nature.

Most extreme Engrish

If only this comic were true it would be the apotheosis of video game awesomeness

You mean if I do or say embarrassing and stupid things on the internets, people can see it?!  Oh Noes! 

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps.  So easy, an idiot manchild could do it.

The new ethanol industry overexpanded and now prices have dropped precipitously.  Who wants to bet that Congress ignores economics and bails the "unfortunate" corn farmers out?

Maybe you should have used a different font.

I think Penn and Teller are libertarians; cynical/skeptical/subversive types usually are.

I'm always up for an exercise in assessing opportunity costs: here's the Top 100 Ways Global Warming Will Change Your Life.  Don't fret too much because this site (like most Global Warming advocates) assumes that the global temperature will break out of its cyclical pattern and constantly increase or stay at the levels it was at this last year without ever dipping back down, which just doesn't happen.

You know, I wouldn't have thought I would spend half a morning reading a blog post on art history, but Errol Morris is a fantastic historical detective. 

There are markets in everything, even the British aristocracy.  

Punctuation can be fun...or at least mildly amusing. 

H.L. Mencken's prophecy is fulfilled: "On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." 

Affirmative action appears to cause its beneficiaries to under-perform in law school by having created a mismatch effect, and there is empirical data out there that might conclusively prove that.  However, California is afraid of the truth and has barred the study because the truth is sometimes controversial.

I love ironic headlines.  (Hint: Columbia's sports teams are called the Lions, and Columbia is sometimes referred to as "the Lion's Den")

Shameless plug: Cato University offers free audio lectures and lessons on some of the most important thinkers of all time. 

Because these 10 excellent films pre-date Mickey Mouse, they are in the public domain and are available for all to view online free and legally. 

Mathematicians at Oxford have shown that quantum mechanics can be explained by accepting the hypothesis that multiple parallel universes DO exist in which events occur differently, within the bounds of possible probabilistic outcomes.

A mainstream news roundup of Ahmadinejad's visit.  I also wrote my pre-event and post-event assessments on the Federalist Society Blog.  UPDATED: A transcript is available here

Is Neoconservatism a "Jewish" movement?  Probably for some, but not inherently.  My favorite quote: "Richard Posner, in his book Public Intellectuals, notes that of around 600 leading public intellectuals, approximately 50% [are] Jewish. 66%, then, is well within the general stats for public intellectuals, especially if you consider that Jews are going to be severely underreprsented among some categories of public intellectual, like the (Pat) Buchananites, the Phyllis Schlaflyites, left-wing anti-globalists, and others." 

Some sober discussion of Ahmadinejad's intentions, for a change. 

Jon Stewart plays coy in his interviews, and is quite the genius in his sheep's clothing.   His questions are well calculated and, in his recent interview with Alan Greenspan, "fundamental."

Fight the good fight, Bill Maher.  Profound and Hilarious.

Debit  or credit?  Long story short, just use a real credit card and save the debit card for when you need cash back.

Arrr, me mateys...It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, unless ye're a stinkin' landlubber.

There are a lot of comedic fake essays out there, but this one may be the best.

A simple diagram showing how to avoid the most common grammatical mistake.

I have no idea what this is a map of, but it's something all right. 

Pure Gold = The top 6 Even Step(v)hens...back in the Daily Show's heyday.

See, the private sector can produce more public goods than you think.  

To catch you up, Erwin Chemerinsky (famous legal realist constitutional law scholar) was hired then quickly unhired as Dean of the new UC Irvine Law School, with his politically controversial viewpoints originally cited as the reason for his firing.  Now, some are saying that this firing might be unconstitutional (probably not, but the California Supreme Court is weird).  Irony.  UPDATE (now with more irony): Chemerinsky to become dean after all, almost certainly due to the resulting political pressure.   

Organic farming produces less nutritious food, erodes more topsoil, and yields less food per acre.  If you don't agree that organic farming hurts the environment, you are pretty much forced to admit that you'd rather see people starve than employ modern, commercial farming methods. 

When pigs fly?  Or when Hell freezes over

The Economist has the uncanny ability to show some simple data that exposes an important policy conclusion.

A sharp mind is a valuable thing.

SWEET!  50 Cent is going to retire or be proven a public liar. 

This game looks awesome. 

Bill Murray continues to prove that he is the man by appearing this excellent short film.  

Crime and Punishment with Batman starring as Raskolnikov.  Contrived?  You decide, but at least kids are reading Dostoevsky.

Best. Viagra ad. Ever. 

I never thought shadow puppets could be cool until I saw this video either. 

A sign of the times.  Go on and roll over in your grave, Marx.  

This TV Funhouse cartoon about media consolidation aired once, and was then pulled.  Gee, I wonder why.

Some great juxtoposition

Awesomeness: Upcoming "Wii Party" to include beer pong

"Thanks for handling my wood," he thought as a smile came to his face.  

Wikipedia on Irony: "This article appears to contradict itself." (UPDATED: the tag was removed...now lame)

You wouldn't expect to find many IQs above 100 at the Miss Teen USA competition, but Miss South Carolina gave an ironically appropriate response to a vexing question.

It's so hard to find good help these days. 

Star Wars, Episodes IV, V, and VI as animated GIFs.  Or ASCII, if you prefer.  

Legal outsourcing will happen. 

Apparently, there's a huge hole in the universe (1,000,000,000 light years across), devoid of even dark matter.  Does anyone know enough astronomy to tell if this article is bullshit?

There's a limit to the usefulness of some warning labels

An accurate channel guide

Damn right, there's some serious economic value in human capital and constitutional liberalism.

It's easy to be a naysayer, especially when the target is religion, but as an argument for atheism, on its own, naysaying is philosophically unsatisfying.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: technology will have a much more fundamental impact on geopolitics than whoever we elect in 2008, thankfully.

Though I laud any effort to point out that freak accidents are highly overrepresented in policy discussions, I disagree with the assessment that real risks are simply too scary to contemplate.  I would say that they are too common to be "news." 

Why lug around the 70-pound, 3 volume set when you can have every Calvin and Hobbes comic ever at your fingertips? 

The American Bar Association has put the "U.S. Supreme Court Coloring and Activity Book" on sale...I wonder if it comes with instructions to tell kids which color to use for Justice Thomas. 

Esquire's extended tour of the Creationism Museum, aka "Idiot America."

Very scary: The CIA edits wikipedia.

Apparently, Stephen Colbert has about a 75% chance of being Jewish.  

In case of revolution, break glass.  I want one of these so badly.

They're like the third rail of politics, but there's twenty of them. My pet issue: that politicians cannot say that the drug war should end

God was never pro-life in the Bible, so what's up with the Christians?

Stephen King's review of Harry Potter proves that in order to be a good writer, you have to be an even better reader. 

"How to Read a Judicial Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students"

Rudy would be a fascist

Top 10 signs you're not as clever as you think

This is what SPAM looks like in Nigeria

Young Republicans suck cock...while the other guy is sleeping, apparently. 

Yet another factoid from the front of the war on drugs: prescription drugs are responsible for far more deaths than all illegal drugs COMBINED.

Fighting Muslim fundamentalists in Iraq with Christian fundamentalists in the military.

New Yorkers are rightfully pissed off about the problems caused by its aging transportation infrastructure, but don't blame the mechanism that is only responsible for fixing marginal problems.  Blame the lack of political willpower to overhaul the system.

If Schwarzenegger takes this proposal to balance the state budget by legalizing and taxing marijuana seriously, the positive ramifications would extend FAR beyond mere tax dollars.  Socio-economic repression, pretextual police abuse, gang violence, even terrorism will all be alleviated by legalizing the sale and distribution of a stupid plant.  Sign the petition if you want...because, yes, ending the drug war is the policy equivalent of a magic bullet. 

Where's the baby?! 

My letter to the editor of the L.A. Times got printed...it's towards the bottom of the page. 

In other great science news, scientists have "solved" the mystery of levitation, even on a level useful for nanotechnology...brought to you by the same team that declared an invisibility cloak was possible.  Who said that fantasy and science fiction were useless?

Ironically, walking into town causes more damage to the planet than driving due to the high levels of fuel used to produce food nowadays.  Oh well.  At least there's no need to worry about vast energy shortages anymore.  See, the market always finds a way. 

I never thought I'd say this, but The Da Vinci Code may have been onto something

On the lighter side of Republican scandals, Ann Coulter is being investigated for voter fraud.  Justice is not without a sense of irony. 

Everything is better with bacon

Good luck, Gus Van Sant.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test was a crazy enough book to read, let alone adapt into a movie.

The season premier for Weeds (by far, one of the best shows to ever grace television), can be viewed online for free right now, by using MONDAYS as a password.

Likely armed with a printout from dumblaws.com, this guy set out to break them.  

Warning!  Do not leave within the reach of children or impressionable idiots. 

If brevity is the soul of wit, contradiction may be its heart.

No, you silly Liberty Law School student, "evolutionism" is not a religion that may result in the violation of the establishment clause if taught in classrooms

Oh, sweet sweet irony

Why is life starting to resemble 1984 so often? 

What would Jack Handey say to a Martian?

Always read the fine print

When pigs fly...  

Perspective is a wonderful, if sometimes depressing, thing. 

In the next logical extension of Bong Hits 4 Jesus, the "420 Temple" is trying to claim that it uses marijuana as a religious sacrament

It seems as though liberal backlash to the Bush Administration has been taking the form of comic strips. See also: The Modern World

SPOILER ALERT: The entire text of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is indeed online. 

Why can't U.S. prisons be more like Filipino prisons?  Lacking coordination?  

U.S. troops have used 250,000 bullets for every insurgent killed.  The number would probably seem a lot more reasonable when it's for every Iraqi killed (yes, I'm terrible).

An excerpt from the lolcat bible...'nuff said. 

I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud at anything from Cracked Magazine...unless you count 5 minutes ago when I read 6 Questions The Last Harry Potter Book Had Better F#@king Answer. 

Jon Lovitz beat up Andy Dick over the cocaine Andy gave to Phil Hartman's wife...the only way I could be any happier is if this stunt gets Jon Lovitz back on TV. 

Gee, I guess talking about your problems isn't always healthy.  Women will say the science is still out on that one... 

Russia claims the North Pole?  EVERYBODY PUTIN...err, PANIC! 

Of course 1 in 12 American workers use drugs.  The question is how you can justify saying that the evidently minor deterrents to consumption achieved by criminalization are worth potentially putting 8.25% of the productive population in jail?

Well, you couldn't say this rap video is a negative influence on black youth, at the very least. 

The closest thing you can get to a superhero cape without getting weird looks as you walk along the street.

Tom Toles is an excellent political cartoonist

Apparently, Arizona has a government agency that can justify spending its time and resources measuring submarine sandwiches for length...highlight: "The Subway 3 foot box can't even hold a 3 foot sub." 

Graffiti can be a wonderful medium for social commentary, not just wanton defacement. 

Not all commercials are bad.  This one is quite good. 

Judging by Delhi Law Firm's (actual firm name, not a joke) hilarious website, I'm guessing the legal market in India has plenty of room to grow...too bad it would probably be maddeningly frustrating to try to work in that system. 

Bush-Cheney '08? 

Unsurprisingly, Europe is more atheistic than the U.S., but here's a handy breakdown

Couldn't make good on your demonstration for a perpetual motion machine due to "technical difficulties"?  Why am I not surprised? 

Keith Olbermann's call for Bush and Cheney to resign proves he is still the best pundit alive. 

The most intense-looking lawyer I've ever seen. 

For all of you who are looking for a reason not to be a Christian (or a theist in general), here's a damn comprehensive list.  If you are happily Christian, you should not read the aforementioned link. 

Apparently, you do not have to buy me a case for my new iPhone. 

i made u thiz lolbear

Greatest. Etch-a-Sketcher. Ever. 

[APD] If taking "bong hits 4 Jesus" is unconstitutional, then let's get drunk for Jesus

This Japanese pitcher just invented a new pitch...and threw a strike! 

Hmm, I wonder why the Free Trade Commission said that Net Neutrality wasn't such a great idea...perhaps it's because they're the Free Trade Commission. 

As long as Apple put enough memory in the iPhone to make it operate as smoothly as it looks in the mouth-watering demo video, I'm totally sold. 

More proof that the internet is largely populated by libertarians. 

Salman Rushdie rightly deserves his impending knighthood, and any Muslims who disagree are simply wrong, as one Muslim admirably argues.  It's a good example of the failings of moral relativism; after all, how can a relativist be tolerant of a cultural impetus to violence over someone else's culture?

The Bush Administration is censoring science?  No duh, GAO.  It's been doing that for years with sex education in Africa, but no one seemed to care that much then.  Some people actually seem to like it (as sad as that is). 

One magical sentence that will keep other people's obnoxious children or babies away from you.

Even though I haven't watched The Sopranos in a long time, I've read enough about the commotion the ending has caused to know that this version of the end of Harry Potter is hilarious (better when heard than read, so click the play button). 

Our next Surgeon General says that anuses are not designed for penises. Good thing America doesn't believe in intelligent design, eh? 

God said π = 3.0 in the bible.  Why don't creationists believe that?  Oh.  It matters.  Right. 

Just as Economics is known as the "dismal science," the stand-up economist could be considered a dismal comedian. 

If Chuck Norris were elected president, he'd...(Actually written by Chuck Norris, which makes it all the more insane). 

If Fox News had existed throughout history...we'd probably still be in the Dark Ages. 

Greatest. Headline. Ever. And the first paragraph ain't bad either. 

Intelligence won't save you from being a walking disaster?  In my experience, that's about right.   

The Economist on recycling: it isn't perfect, but what is? 

Robert Bork, a longtime advocate of tort reform, has fallen and is suing the Yale Club for more than $1 million in damages for "wantonly, willfully, and recklessly" failing to provide climbable staging.  I love irony.

Science has quite the knack for showing why the Bible is inconsistent

While Americans watch TV shows designed to atrophy the brain into a state of calm submission, the Japanese get off on TV shows that test the laws of physics.

I could have told you that foreign aid to Africa does more harm than good, but it just sounds more convincing coming from a Kenyan Economist. 

Trent Reznor recently said that "Hurt" is no longer his song, after watching Johnny Cash's cover.  I wonder if he would have said the same about the Kermit the Frog version

GOB, the only man I've ever loved.  If you don't love Arrested Development, you are a bad person.  

Gravel harps on Iraq.  There's some pun to be made there, but it escapes me. 

Probably the best reason to oppose gun control I've seen. 

Adam Kokesh, a former classmate of mine, has been deprived of his right to political speech by the government. Good luck with the suit, buddy.

The RIAA is buying Congress for dirt cheap, and congressmen don't even have DRM. 

Wireless power (sorta)!  Nikola Tesla would be proud. 

Markets in markets.  Awesome.

Max Weber once said that technology leads to the "disillusionment" of society.  I dunno, technology seems to create plenty of its own illusions as well. 

Veganism is immoral.  See the best crim hypo below for more proof.

Stephen Colbert interviews the Hammer.  I'd say he nailed it.

If it's wrong to laugh at this video then I don't want to be right.  

How did this video of Bill Clinton's last days in office go unnoticed for so long? 

Scientists may have cured cancer, and nobody noticed.   

Don't have any talent?  That shouldn't stop you from making sweet music videos.  I want to copy this guy for Law Revue so badly.  

Jesus + WTF = LOL

This video is true, genuine cult.  It is SO bad that it is AWESOME.  My favorite comment: "When that stool pops out an ottoman 9 months from now, there is no way in hell y'all are gonna be able to tell who the baby daddy is..."

If you're really enterprising while cheating on exams, you almost deserve the grade...of course, it doesn't work for open book finals.

Definition of a totalitarian state: quashing opposition to the government's position.  See Alabama

I always used to think the Washington Post was a quality newspaper...until I read how pro-establishment they really are. Somehow, they published an editorial calling Mike Gravel and Ron Paul "clutter" (the only two dissenters within the vast cadre of nomination-seekers).  Just because they're unknown means they're clutter?!  Let's not forget, Jimmy Carter only had 2% name recognition at the start of his 1976 run.

Wow.  Scientists have discovered Darwinian evolution within electronic circuitry.  The scientists used genetic algorithms to discriminate between circuits randomly created from small amounts of material that perform a simple task (like play a musical tone), and selects and recombines them for more precision.

Why the hell is Peyton Manning on the guest list for the state dinner honoring the Queen?  Bush must be a Colts fan, I guess.  More likely a front-runner.  FOLLOW UP: Bush mistakenly stated that the Queen celebrated the American founding in 1776!  Of course he meant the bicentennial, but it's Bush.

Of course it would be the U.S. to come up with a device that could squeeze 8 hours of sleep time into 2 hours; obviously, we don't work enough of our lives away as it is.

Google has maintained that its search results and recommendations are a form of free speech.  Ironically, it is often the internet users who determine what Google will end up saying, or at least Google can use that as a defense when things go delightfully awry, like Google's search results for "she invented".  

Microsoft plans to buy Yahoo, and still lose to Google.  UPDATE: Apparently, Microsoft's bid was DOA

Canada unveils a C$1 million coin.  Don't worry, it won't be easily stolen, since it weighs 100 kilos

I'm late in pledging my support, but I support Mike Gravel for President.  You may know him as the outspoken guy at the Democratic nominee debates or the guy who said he would change drug policy, but really he's the only guy who will bring new and honest ideas to the debate, so long as he gets a seat at the table.

Hilarious video: "real world" Mario eats shrooms and trips out.

No other periodical even compares to The Economist.  My favorite recent article is Niccolo Machiavelli: Founding Father

Wow, I always thought that Family Guy had at least borrowed the general premise from The Simpsons, but when you watch them side-by-side, it's pretty clear that Family Guy contains outright plagiarism

A 16-digit string that unlocks HD-DVD encryption has been the subject of some significant controversy lately.  Here's a good legal recap.

Great crim hypo: Vegan couple found guilty of murder after their malnourished baby died, weighing only 3.5 pounds at the time. 

Keith Olbermann may be the most honest man in news, but only if sarcasm doesn't count. 

The spirit of Nietzsche is alive and well in Japan, of all places. 

Hooray!  The Supreme Court unanimously voted to overturn a decades-old patents test and made it easier to challenge patents for failing to introduce genuine innovations!  Down with patenting facts!

Despite claims to the contrary, employer discrimination causes little to none of any "earnings gap" between males and females; almost all of the 23 percent difference is easily attributable to difference of choices.

While reflecting on the slang of the nineties provides some mild entertainment, this dictionary of sorts is best kept bookmarked for another decade or so, when the terms actually go out of use.

The Dilbert blog has a good lay opinion about the limits of free speech, and poses a hypo worthy of an excellent Constitutional Law exam.   And no, I don't read the Dilbert blog.

Apparently, people who see "Death Proof" alone will see about 30 more minutes of film.  I'm jealous.  This article reinforces the simple fact that Quentin Tarantino is the best writer/director in Hollywood.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: farm subsidies are the cause of obesity in America

Stephen Colbert has a timeless segment every once in a while, but he really struck gold with his Meta-Free-Phor-All against Sean Penn. 

Easily the best country song ever.  Like most country music, it is not for the easily offended.

In a victory for rationality over fundamentalism, the NRA admitted that Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, "absolutely" should have been barred from buying a gun.  The problematic, deeper question: may the "rights" of the mentally impaired be freely suspended?

So, wealth isn't correlated to intelligence.  Of course, they should have been looking at income, since wealth can be inherited.  It would seem that the more shallow factors would have a masking effect on intelligence  divorced from personality (e.g., ambition, attractiveness, materialism, politeness, social connections).  

First habitable Earth like planet discovered only 20.5 light years away! Probably the first truly historic piece of news I've posted.

Some blogger decided to rate the most overrated actors around.  Despite the irony, I mostly agree. 

A penis owner's guide for all you penis-owners out there.  Funny and informative. 

Why is it that anti-propaganda always seems to invoke and replicate real propaganda? 

Lew Rockwell deftly divides the libertarian movement from the Libertarian Party.  Well said. 

In the latest development in the religious right's war on science, Oklahoma has declared the watermelon its state vegetable.

This may be the most hilariously obscene thing I've ever seen...and it's just two women talking about sex

Apparently, marijuana may cure cancer.  Of course, that won't affect its federal schedule I drug status (no valid medical use).  

Abovethelaw's review of "A Special Finals Care Package."  Well, at least the tabloids like us.

The atheist response to Pascal's wager: I've agreed with this argument for a while, but was never able to formulate it so eloquently.

A very straightforward explanation of how to visualize up to 10 dimensions.  I somewhat disagree that the 10th dimension is a roadblock -- there could be different multiverses operating to fundamentally different rules of logic, rather than just varying laws of physics, allowing for multiple points in the 10th dimension.

Anchorman footage + audio from the 300 trailer = awesomeness

Straight from the Law Revue show, here's the video I've been spending so much time on.

Ten bucks says this was all arranged to generate media coverage, but hats off to Obama for giving back the lobbyists' donations, nonetheless. 

Kurt Vonnegut, you will be missed.  So it goes. 

What children come up with when asked to fill in the second half of a proverb: cute wisdom.

Apparently, some "liberal-minded" folks at Harvard believe that Hollywood's depictions of people smoking cigarettes deserves an R-rating...unlike graphic depictions of violence that only manage a PG-13. 

Phew!

The CIA assassinated JFK after all?  Makes sense to me.  

MC Karl Rove!!!  My life is now complete, thanks to Amy. 

Richard Dawkins takes a stand against Postmodernism in this fantastic book review.

Make use of your scroll wheel to get some perspective on things. 

Probably the coolest musical instrument ever.  

Rosie says what I've been saying for a week (see below). I am reminded of the quote, "No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side you wish were on the other." 

The Aristocrats! (Semi-NSFW) 

Might a sex change nullify a woman's entitlement to alimony

What you've always wanted to write on your exams, but couldn't.  

How not to be seen (in Halo). 

Peanut butter: the atheist's worst nightmare?!

A brilliant example of why a ban on a product with substantial demand would not eliminate the product, only create another black market. 

A handy guide to power napping.

Tolkien Jr. finishes the last book in the Lord of the Rings canon.

Bill Waterson should be proud of this art.

As premature and insensitive as this prediction may be, Iran's capture of British troops seems eerily reminiscent of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

I doubt I could contrive a more joy-inducing headline than: "Sorkin will script Flaming Lips Musical"!!!!! 

Columbia Law Revue!

These toys should not be given to children.

People have really said these things in court.

Walker Texas Ranger is an anagram for Karate Sex Wrangler.

"Infinity is simply nothing with a twist." 

Teacher evaluations are bullshit.

The M.C. Escher of Photography.

Well said, Ben Stein.

Ah, delightful irony.

Fight Club = Calvin and Hobbes? I like the hypothesis. 

Captions can be worth 500 words.


Consider yourself Rickscrolled.

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