[links] Link salad for a Friday morning

More reviews of METAtropolis here, here and here.

Judging in the Apex Halloween Contest is concluded — Congratulatons to all the winners and to everyone who participated.

Review of Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology — In which I am (briefly) mentioned in some very good company, though I’m not even in the book.

The exclaves of Lichtenstein — A bit of comic opera cartographic weirdness from one of the world’s smallest countries.

Nobel winner: America is neglecting science — Another thing to thank our conservative friends for. At least we’re teaching the controversy! (Thanks to lt260.)

Study: Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of ObamaThe Washington Post with some countervailing media review. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad — Amazing stuff. Complaining about the Democratic cash advantage (first election where I can remember this was true), complaining about Bush (hey, he’s your guy), complaining about not being able to tar Obama effectively enough (every now and truth does leak through). Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. Ah, the Permanent Majority.

Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation — This may turn out to be a very important turning point in the politics of regulation, because as I read this, Greenspan is essentially conceding that market self-regulation doesn’t work. Only a conservative, or someone deeply ignorant of human nature, could be surprised that companies, and their managers, will act in their short-term self-interest over the long-term interests of their own institutions and society as a whole.

Barry Goldwater on the New Right (eg, the modern Republican party) — “The New Right–just like FDR had his New Left–they’re nuts… . They expect from conservatism some things that no political philosophy could or should deliver.” From his 1998 obituary. (Hat tip to Freakonomics.)

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.6
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth