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October 29, 2007

Open Link Thread

A lot of you send various links to my e-mail -- some of them to stories I should comment on, some to stories I should see, some to web sites that are simply funny, some to pages that I have no idea why you sent me. But they're helpful to me and, Id imagine, would be useful for others. So let's try some transparency! This'll be like an open thread, but it's for links to news stories you think are important, timewasters you think worth sharing, etc, etc. I'll keep checking it throughout the day. If folks participate, I'll keep doing it. If they don't, I'll pretend I never had this idea.

And with that, show me the internets.

October 29, 2007 | Permalink


Siracusa's Leopard review.

A slightly less interesting, but perhaps more general audience friendly Leopard review from Robert Mohns.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 9:16:23 AM

An hour long YouTube video from a David Rutledge lecture.

Rutledge has a very interesting and seemingly well-supported theory that the amount of carbon fuels left in the ground is considerably less than the IPCC is modeling.

If Rutledge is correct, this means that global warming is going to come on considerably more slowly than even the most modest IPCC models. But it also means that Peak Oil and Peak Coal are going to come on considerably more quickly than everyone is assuming.

The lecture gives a good sense of how the coming hydrocarbon shock is two-headed, both a global warming problem AND an energy shortage problem.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 9:24:49 AM

Decent write-up of Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's long awaited second feature.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 10:28:10 AM

Monoscope, one of my favorite design blogs.

Errol Morris' blog, which is all about his really fucking weird obsession with sorting out the order of two photographs taken in 1855.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 11:05:21 AM

Avi Klein's piece on the death of Lyndon LaRouche's printer in the Washington Monthly

Posted by: Cain | Oct 29, 2007 11:06:16 AM

Nice Edwards speech to a small crowd while standing on a rickety chair. Part 1 and part 2.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 11:10:09 AM

"Avi Klein's piece on the death of Lyndon LaRouche's printer in the Washington Monthly"

I read that, and didn't find it as compelling as Kevin was advertising. I did read it to the end, so I'm not saying it's a waste of time. But Kevin really amped up my expectations beyond what the piece really is.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 11:12:12 AM

Likewise, I didn't find the Larouche piece too compelling. Probably because the Larouche subculture is about three or four steps too bizarre.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Oct 29, 2007 11:49:53 AM

Climate Change kills

Naomi Wolf talks about the direction of America.

Poet/Rapper Immoral Technique gives us his take on politics. (mature content-L)

Juan Cole - Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion.

The Dalai Lama - The Peace Within All Of Us

Posted by: Dion | Oct 29, 2007 12:06:36 PM

In labor issues, there's a strike a-brewing on Broadway. Broadway (not theater in general, mind you, but Broadway) is the #1 reason why tourists say they come to NY. If the stage hands' union and the producers can't reach a new deal, a strike will shut down many (but not all) of the Bway shows right around the Christmas season.

There's a lot of good coverage out there (most of it is not on my blog, sadly)... but if you go to:


you'll get a list of demands from the producers (playgoer in general provides a lot of interesting commentary on the business of theatre). And if you go to:


you can get an interesting perspective from an
anonymous bway stagehand who blogs.

Since most readers come at this from an arts perspective, I thought it'd be interesting to know the thoughts of someone who comes at this from a labor/economics perspective. Thanks!

Posted by: isaac | Oct 29, 2007 12:13:47 PM

For an example of Ezra's peerless investigative reporting and thinking abilities, see this:


Then, see this.

Posted by: TLB | Oct 29, 2007 12:16:07 PM

I guess I just find the LaRouchies more fascinating than most. You see them less often know, but they used to be on the Metro and around DC all the time. I always wanted to ask one of them (they were all near my age group) why they had joined up. It just seems so obvious that it's a crazy cult to me, I'm curious why it wasn't obvious to them.

Posted by: Cain | Oct 29, 2007 12:32:10 PM

"It just seems so obvious that it's a crazy cult to me"

What's so crazy about Queen Elizabeth being in charge of the world cocaine trade? Seems obvious enough to me...

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 12:40:13 PM

The best article on the culture clash in America. I have not thought the same way about society since. By Doug Muder--Pericles--someone I disagree with on almost everything.
Red Family, Blue Family (pdf)

Also, Mark Kleiman on religion.

The Christian Closet; be sure to click on the link, "Oh, wait."

Posted by: SamChevre | Oct 29, 2007 12:43:51 PM

I liked this one titled "The Evangelical Crackup"

Posted by: J Bean | Oct 29, 2007 12:49:41 PM

Actually, for Kleiman on religion, read this one first.

The proposition you maintain has no evidence to back it up and is, moreover, incoherent

Posted by: SamChevre | Oct 29, 2007 12:50:33 PM

NOT a contribution but
Just to wonder about our blogger's own
Capacity for information.

Where does overload threshold , the limit switch,
on knowing? Or caring.

I know I wear down -over a day- on all the great knowing to be had...
But then I'm old...so I can just watch movies in the evening.

Just wondering.

Posted by: has_te | Oct 29, 2007 1:07:07 PM

I loved this posting of photos taken by a 3-year-old: http://mattzollerseitz.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-three-year-old-could-shoot-that.html

My favorite shot: The sandbox.

Posted by: Winslow | Oct 29, 2007 1:08:22 PM

My blog could use some hits.

As enticement, I have a co-blogger who consistently posts inappropriate stuff that borders on straight porn. Check it!

Posted by: ethan salto | Oct 29, 2007 1:34:46 PM

a haunting and remarkable photographic essay that you will never forget if you take the time to read it.
when you get to the site, double-click on:
elena revisits chernobyl.
the other parts are also amazing, if you have the time.

Posted by: jacqueline | Oct 29, 2007 1:48:18 PM

My blog could use some hits.

Now I can imagine what Ezra's email must be like.

Posted by: Petey | Oct 29, 2007 4:45:18 PM

A few interesting posts about costs that aren't reflected in prices:

Effect Measure: Chemical plants: internal dangers, external costs

Gristmill: Let us pay

Free Exchange: Shrinking Buffalo

Posted by: Liz | Oct 29, 2007 5:18:03 PM

How about this, given your interest in education reform and pay-for-performance, a NYC pilot program for voluntary school-wide bonuses agreed to by the mayor and the NYC teachers union, the UFT.

Described here and here.

Posted by: Steve | Oct 29, 2007 7:49:14 PM


Posted by: Mike | Oct 30, 2007 4:50:31 AM

Arstechnica.com's commentary on the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy's report on traditional media coverage of POTUS 2008: it's not journalism, it's sports news!


Posted by: Itadaki | Oct 30, 2007 12:48:43 PM

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