URLs du Jour


  • One strain of libertarian thought on the "war on terror" is to (more or less) say suck it up, it's not that big a deal. This is exemplified by John Mueller, who wrote in Cato Unbound a few months back:

    … the chances any individual resident of the globe will be killed by an international terrorist over the course of an 80-year lifetime is about 1 in 80,000, about the same likelihood of being killed over the same interval from the impact on the Earth of an especially ill-directed asteroid or comet. At present, Americans are vastly more likely to die from bee stings, lightning, or accident-causing deer than by terrorism within the country. That seems pretty safe.

    Mueller recently powerpointed on this topic at the Cato Institute (in support of his new book); Philip Klein was in attendance, and he has a useful rebuttal at the American Spectator.

  • George F. Will auditions for a new role as advice columnist for a men's magazine:

    … if you get the girl up on her tiptoes, you should kiss her.

    It's about Barack Obama. Really.

  • You'll want to check out the 10 most dangerous play things of all time. If you're of a Certain Age you'll say: "Hey, I had that!" to a dismayingly large number of items. If you're a youngster, you'll marvel at how lucky Mom and Dad were to survive their childhoods. (Via the Tech Liberation Front.)

  • Applicants beware: if Killian Advertising finds your résumé's cover letter to be unintentionally amusing, they will have absolutely no compunctions about excerpting it on their Cover Letters from Hell web page. My personal favorite is:

    "I am getting to my goal, slowly but surly."

    Hey, me too! (Via Joanne Jacobs.)

  • Hypnotoad! Was Futurama the best TV series ever? Well, probably not, but I'm still hyped about its upcoming resurrection. From a recent interview with co-creator David X. Cohen:

    Within the new season, we will definitely feature more continuity than in the past. We will also be shedding light on several lingering questions from the original run, including hitherto unknown facts about Nibbler, dark matter and Seymour the dog. By the way, that was my first use of the word "hitherto" in an interview. I think it went well.

    Also being considered: "a full 22-minute episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad for the DVD release." Well, of course. All glory to the Hypnotoad!

Last Modified 2012-10-21 7:44 AM EDT