[links] Link salad for a new workweek

Holiday weekend reacharound, for those of you who weren’t online much:

Here at this blog, we read Herman Melville so you don’t have to. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

A writerly career meme: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

More wit and wisdom of the_child: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Wisdom of Fred: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Plus the usual assorted bill of fare:

Lego safe — Um… (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Next Year In Birobidzhan? Stalin’s Siberian ZionStrange Maps with a very odd bit of Jewish history.

Climate change juggernaut on the horizon, UN talks told — More liberal balderdash from the world scientific community and the pinko climate itself. Thank God we have the Republican party and its talk radio surrogates to keep us politically insulated from the inconvenience of reality.

A Handpicked Team for a Foreign Policy ShiftThe New York Times on Obama’s foreign policy and national security team. …the United States has more members of military marching bands than foreign service officers. Because that’s what the War on Terror demands! The GOP, keeping you safer with clarinets.

The GOP’s McCarthy geneThink Goldwater is the father of conservatism? Think again. A fairly cogent explanation of the profound cognitive dissonance between the GOP’s idealistic self-image and the party’s vicious behaviors. (Hat tip to Talking Points Memo.)

Juan Cole on Pakistani Reaganism — A very illuminating precis on the history of radical Islam in South Asia, and how much the current issues with the Taliban owe their roots to Reagan’s anti-Communist policies. Not news to most reality-based readers, but very well-explained. (Facts not valid for FOX News viewers.)

?otD: Who let the dogs out?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 221.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville