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October 18, 2014

"‘Dogs And Cats Living Together': The Best Of Bill Murray’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Ad-Libs"

Mr. Murray can be pretty good.

"18 Different Novels Set In Africa That All Have The Same Darn Tree On The Cover"

Apparently, at least to Westerners, acacia trees say "Africa".

October 17, 2014

"Listen to a Lost Bob Dylan Song from the Basement Tapes Sessions"

Rockabilly. Pretty darn good: "Dress It Up, Better Have It All".

UPDATE: link fixed now. Thanks, Michael.

"Watch This Drag Racer Flip Four Times Then Walk Away From The Crash"

A seatbelt apparently helped.

"How They Make Lingerie Models Look So Good"

Apparently, you start with really attractive women and then it's downhill from there.

October 16, 2014

"5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS"

Interesting and important. But warning: heavy-duty pessimism.

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

"Don't Care About the Deficit? Now You Should"

Fine article with one important qualification: the deficit per se doesn't matter; goverment spending does. The growth rate of government spending must be cut, and soon.

"In Defense of Coaches Who Yell"

Jennifer Wilson, writing in Esquire. Bravo.

My kids have great egos. Their dad and I tell them when they're rocking it, and we tell them when they screw up. We hug them either way.

But when they are beyond the boundaries of our loving home, most people won't consider them the perfect little starfish that we do. And they have to know how to deal with that. How to prove their worth. In swimming, that means they'll do so by not sucking.

So no, I'm not scared of the old-school coach and his vigorous saliva spray of enthusiasm. But you know what I am scared of? I'm scared of kids who have the crap pampered out of them. Who think every single thing they do is precious and correct.

"The 15 Best Colleges In America, According To People Who Work In Finance"

Duke improves significantly from the main ranking.

October 15, 2014

"Anatomy of the next train wreck"

Patrick Sullivan warns--pay attention, please--that we risk repeating the Fannie/Freddie fiasco.

They who forget their history, are bound to be bullied into repeating it by the next politician who comes along;

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