Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Good Reads and Informative Links

George Takei responds to an Arkansas school board member who encouraged gay people to commit suicide. His clever speech is the only bright spot in this sad story.

James Bond Villain or Nobel Laureate? Mental Floss Releases Trivia Game. You can buy it here.

A print magazine lifts an article from the web without crediting (or even notifying) the author. The editor defends the action by saying the web is “public domain”. The internet quickly responded. (via Cynical-C)

Award-winning novelist Hilary Mantel relates her experience as a surgical patient. Her observations and descriptions will make you feel as if you were the one the doctor cut into. (via Metafilter)

Why are more and more children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder? The short answer is that a scary label helps open doors to scarce psychiatric help.

19 Iconic Products That America Doesn’t Make Anymore. Oh, you can still buy them, but they are made overseas. Even Levis.

5 Sports Innovations That Didn’t Quite Take. Honestly, a mechanical ball rabbit?

Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble. Ransom Riggs continues his series on found photographs with notes added. This one is heartbreaking.

"Welcome to the Plutocracy!" If you're in a hurry, read the condensed version.

Same subject, different author: Our Banana Republic. Is our economic priority the jobless, or is it zillionaires?

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