[links] Link salad rises early in the morning

Don’t forget the latest caption contest voting poll — I will be closing this out shortly.

Secretariat was not a Christian — Roger Ebert on another critic on the new movie. Weird. Just weird. And especially odd in light of this article mocking conservative messages in movies, highlighting the same film. (That last via markbourne.)

Heavy Lifting: 1908 — I do loves me some big, clanky engineering.

Get the anti-science bent out of politics — Michael Mann, subject of the Virginia AG’s anti-science witch hunt, responds. We have lived through the pseudo-science that questioned the link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, and the false claims questioning the science of acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer. The same dynamics and many of the same players are still hard at work, questioning the reality of climate change. The basic physics and chemistry of how carbon dioxide and other human-produced greenhouse gases trap heat in the lower atmosphere have been understood for nearly two centuries. The deliberate, aggressive know-nothingism of the modern GOP, purely for political purposes, will be one of the things history judges this era’s GOP most harshly for.

Scrivener’s Error on (among other things) the difference between liberalism and libertarianism — I will add that these days libertarianism seems to have become synonymous with being a Republican. Which is odd, because many of the Libertarian Party’s stated policies are very much anathema to conservatives. It’s all about the taxes, I guess, at least when it’s not all about the faux-Fox outrage du jour.

Energized GOP can thank the tea party[T]he interest and commitment among many tea party supporters still appear likely to be a big asset to GOP candidates as they seek to turn out a big vote. At some point this pretense of the independence of the Tea Party movement will collapse. Funded by Republicans, populated by Republicans, voting for Republicans.

Being Glenn Beck — A lengthy and interest profile of Glenn Beck from NYT. Seems to confirm what I’ve thought about him for a while — where Rush and O’Reilly seem to be rank opportunists who know exactly what damage they are doing (and don’t care so long as they profit by it), Beck actually believes in his own tripe.

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad rises early in the morning

  1. John Stevens says:

    Re: the Beck piece. What I found intriguing were all of the contradictions that he constantly puts out, and the hypocrisy of how he operates. He seems to put out so many messages that people can interpret him to be what they want him to be, and he can then coalesce a certain cult of personality out of it. He asks for a lot of slack, none of which he gives to his targets, and supposedly embraces some “feminine” qualities yet is myopic in his vision and a total narcissist.

  2. Cora says:

    Regarding the Roger Ebert article about that horse film, it sounds like a dreadful film, whether it’s Christian fundamentalist tea party propaganda or not. Actually, the latter might make it faintly amusing. Even the title is stupid. When I read the word “Secretariat”, I think of offices not of horses.

    But what I found interesting about the article is that The Blind Side was apparently marketed to Christian audiences in the US. Because that film tanked so completely in Germany that it barely showed up in cinemas at all, not even after Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for it. But then those supposedly “inspirational” sports films, that Americans seem to enjoy quite a bit, generally bomb in Germany, unless they happen to be about soccer (and the ones about soccer are generally German or British). No big loss, since American sports films are mostly unwatchable tripe anyway.

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