- It is not the best time to visit the capital of Tibet. A peaceful monk-dominated demonstration gave way to angry looting/arson/chaos/etc. over the past few days, and now the streets of Lhasa are full of tanks and teargas and fires. Probably a hundred have died, which makes this worse than Tiananmen kinda. It's a good thing our government is so unpreoccupied and globally respected right now so we will be able to respond in a way that is decisive and credible and hopefully ends the violence soon! [NYT]
- China is blaming the Dalai Lama's "clique" for "masterminding" the riots from his exile in India. He's urging his clique not to resort to violence. [Reuters]
- Oh yeah, and China is also blaming Bjork. [NME]
- Our government gets to spy on us easier now, though not as easy as the Senate would have it. [Wash Post]
- Oh, yeah, and now the fuckers who brought civilization A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila care about democracy? [IAmTRex]
- Hugo Chavez did not declare war on Colombia. [Bloomberg]
- Bear Stearns is fucked. You care because: the whole time the investment bank was figuring out what to do with its massive holdings of subprime mortgages everyone was suddenly getting nervous about, the CEO was getting toked up, and also because, after their credit rating got downgraded today it borrowed $3 billion from JP Morgan, which in turn borrowed $3 billion from the Fed under some "Depression Era Law" or something like that, I really don't know Marin79 because I've been watching footage of whores all week, but the Fed thing is just the sort of unusual desperate measure that makes all those pricks on Wall Street feel really vulnerable all of a sudden, so...keep that in mind if you're looking to hate fuck. [WSJ]
- And that potsmoking CEO...is at a bridge tournament! [WSJ]
- "And ... And ... And! God! Has got! To be sick! Of this shit!" More on Obama's crazy but sometimes enjoyable pastor. [Fox News]
- ""The love of money as a possession...will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease." Hey look! Keynes was right about a lot of things, but not that. [Project Syndicate]
- Americans living in Asia are voting in huge margins for the candidate who spent his childhood in Asia, writes an American who lives in Asia! Identity politics: not just for poor folks and middle aged women! [WSJ]
- Chris Rock and Anthony Pellicano. Honestly, we didn't talk about this because I don't think Chris Rock is a rapist. Do you? Seriously. So anyway, he hired Pellicano. Not the classiest move, but whatever, he was afraid. There are these tapes. Pellicano is scum. The lady seems like she gives real rape victims a bad name. Also she wears white. I dunno, you discuss. [Gawker]
- Ashley Alexandra Dupre played Sandy in Grease. At some point, you won't care anymore. [Huffington Post]
Things I would like to do this weekend if I didn't live in New York, where weekend existence seems to be stubbornly dominated by an all-day state alternately describable as "brunch" and "ambling around aimlessly until the time seems appropriate to head to a bar"
- Read this new book on how comic book McCarthyism of the 1940s. [NYT]
- Find out more about the five year freeze on funding to the National Institute of Health I've been hearing so much about from doctors and scientists who, for whatever reason, do not trust the private sector to cough up money to research all the ways you might save lives. [Broken Pipeline]
- Borrow this book from the roommate I convinced to buy it and then maybe...
- FIND AN ACCOUNTANT OMG. Um, maybe I should actually do that one! Have a good weekend guys!
- Think of a funny comment re Bjork/Paul Janka/Ben Bernanke that will show up marin79 and also, "woodland creatures."