The case for prosecuting nonthreatening criminals. I’ve noticed a weird uptick in people who believe that our prison-industrial complex thrives off of imprisoning non-violent offenders and yet the same person also expressing outrage that those responsible for the economic meltdown are not in prison.

Too soon,” is what they say. In light of the death of an Alabama player, ESPN immediately launches into speculation of who on the team this is good and bad for. The Onion had a great video on a shooting spree in Ohio where they talleyed up how many of the deceased were McCain voters and how many were Obama voters instead of focusing on the carnage. I looked for it, but I can’t find it for the life of me.

Even we Episcopalians have standards. Incidentally, a former pastor at my church was caught cheating on his wife with a perishoner (long after he left our church) and was booted out of the church. He’s now running services for… The Catholic Church. In any event, I don’t think the Episcopal Church does a very good job of picking off Catholics, but cases like McGreevey are a bit of an embarrassment.

The hyperwhiteness of nerdity.

Do we have a post-ownership future? I have mixed thoughts on how desirable – or not – this is. On the one hand, the flexibility that comes with renting rather than owning could serve us well. On the other hand, a society in which a small slice owns everything is not exactly desirable. One of the strongest indictments of capitalism is ironically something I typically hear Republicans say: don’t just work for your money, make your money work for you.

A brief story linked to by Transplanted Lawyer involving death, forgiveness, and voicemail.

A vaccine for HIV? A cure for cancer?* Or not.

Ashton Kutcher for Two and a Half Men? I’m a little surprised that he went for it, but I can’t imagine a safer choice. A pretty safe choice, really. Interesting to TAAHM’s core demographics, but not really risky in any way.

Some people think that Taco Bell is going too far with its counter-campaign against the (already lost) lawsuit against their meat product. I think that they’re just taking advantage of a great opportunity. They actually use beef. People didn’t know this. Not for sure. Take it and run with it, I say.

* – I actually have quite a bit to say on the tone of the article. Debating whether HC is the forum in which to say it.


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10 Responses to Linkluster XXXVII

  1. stone says:

    I plugged “dichloroacetate” into snopes.com and it didn’t come up with anything. Yet.

    Yep, Big Pharma wants us all to die of cancer. Thank goodness for chain emails to alert us to all that is good in the world.

  2. trumwill says:

    You may have posted that before I added the “or not” link.

    It’s apparently a legitimate avenue of study that could possibly lead to something that could have some effect at some point. But it is not, apparently, the magic bullet being buried by evil pharmaceutical companies that the author of the first piece suggests.

  3. Peter says:

    About the nerd:whiteness connection, what about all the Asian nerds?

  4. trumwill says:

    Well, there is that. But in the American continuum, Asians are hyperwhite in a sense.

  5. Mike Hunt says:

    Ashton Kutcher for Two and a Half Men

    Well that was fun while it lasted. I watched since day one and I cannot watch an AK sitcom.

  6. trumwill says:

    I never really watched the 70’s show. I don’t particularly care for Kutcher’s persona, but it makes sense.

    What are the odds they make Kutcher Charlie Harper’s love child?

  7. Brandon Berg says:

    I’ve noticed a weird uptick in people who believe that our prison-industrial complex thrives off of imprisoning non-violent offenders and yet the same person also expressing outrage that those responsible for the economic meltdown are not in prison.

    Cynically, I want to say that the average leftist just plain hates wealthy businessmen and is happy to give poor people a pass on just about anything.

    More charitably, I wonder if they’re misspeaking and saying “nonviolent crimes” where they really mean “victimless crimes.”

  8. web says:

    Regarding the “hyperwhiteness of nerdity” column, I could mention a few blacks (and oddly a lot more latinos) who I know from the gamer/convention circuit.

    Sadly, the story of their kids is much sadder, and it reinforces some negative stereotypes, so I get the feeling you’d rather not have that discussion here.

  9. Kirk says:

    On the post-ownership article: Wouldn’t it be better to just outsource everything about housing to a professional?

    Only through renting can one outsource insurance, property tax, maintenance, and the hassles of buying and selling to someone else. As much as businesses emphasize “core competency” when outsourcing, I’m fairly stunned that our national policy has been to encourage people to wear many hats when it comes to housing.

    In short, there is nothing to gain by having a computer programmer repairing his own roof.

  10. SFG says:

    “Well, there is that. But in the American continuum, Asians are hyperwhite in a sense.”

    Pretty much. Before them it was Jews.

    I always find this PC business silly. Nerds are racist even when they’re protesting attempts to get rid of affirmative action. Maybe black people (and women) just don’t want to be nerds?

    The strange uptick in female nerds is a question for another day.

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