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Vice Presidential Severance

“For the entire time Cheney was vice president, he had a secret letter of resignation pending. He wrote this letter because he saw a gap in the U.S. Constitution. If a vice president is alive but incapacitated, there’s nothing in the Constitution that allows for that person’s removal. Worried that he might find himself in that position, he created the unprecedented letter.”

Linky Friday #44

Ed note: Due to time constraints and declining interest, Linky Friday will be taking a hiatus after this week. Neat: [N1] The US Army is trying to build Iron Man. [N2] The AV Club has an interesting piece on the lasting impact of Homestar Runner, one of the first successful webseries. [N3] Thirteen gateways to…

For Your Safety and The Very Likely Marginal Safety of Others

For Your Safety and The Very Likely Marginal Safety of Others

“A fair number of accidents on the road may indeed be attributable to car malfunction of one sort or another, and the number would presumably accumulate over a large enough span, but that shouldn’t be the question. The question should be the extent to which an annual (or less) check of certain things reduces them to any significant degree. And whether each thing we are forcing people to address, in itself, would save lives. How many lives, and at what cost?”

Monday Trivia #135 [Don Zeko wins!]

California, New York, Texas. Florida, New York. Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin. Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota,…

Linky Friday #42

Science: [S1] It reminds me of the Grunions invasion from Beverly Hillbillies, but Jellyfish are invading and it looks like it could be something serious. It seems weird to me that this could be such an intractable menace. [S2] The Earth isn’t flat. Maybe the universe isn’t flat, either. [S3] According to Alex Knapp, we’re…

Monday Trivia #132 [Michael Cain wins!]

From most to least: Russia, Greece, Chile, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, Estonia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Indonesia, China, Poland, France, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Japan, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Israel, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Canada, Brazil, United States, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, South Africa, Mexico, India The statistics are the most…

The Perfect Outrage Story

A librarian in New York was fired for defending a kid who read too much and was hogging reading prizes at the library. This is probably the perfect outrage story. Conservatives can be outraged by yet another indication of our ribbon-for-everybody society (said librarian’s boss wanted to distribute the prize randomly). Liberals can be outraged…

Monday Trivia #131

Wyoming, New Mexico, California, Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Utah, Mississippi, Connecticut, North Dakota, West Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Montana, Maine, Alabama, Indiana, South Dakota, South Carolina, Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania,…