Weekend Edition: 11-19

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Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Night Thoughts of a Baffled Humanist (“Yet in the new era, market economics—another name for the set of theories and assumptions also called capitalism—has shown itself very ready to devour what we hold dear, if the list can be taken to include culture, education, the environment and the sciences, as well as the peace and well-being of our fellow citizens.”) (via)
  • The rise and fall of the Columbia House record club — and how we learned to steal music (“…those of us who remember it in its prime find pause when pillaging a torrent site or googling for the .rar file of a new album, and remember the halcyon era when checking off which records to get for ‘free’ with an introductory signup to the club felt like the sweetest deal in the universe.”) (via)
  • The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right (“Sarcasm seems to exercise the brain more than sincere statements do.”) (Personal aside: If this is true, our home has been filled with some very overexercised brains over the years.)

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I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

Jon Stewart, GQ, June 1999

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