Unhealthy Web Habits: Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Digby on how the CIA is likely to pressure Obama to not crack down on the torture that’s somehow still legal.

There’s been a lot – a lot – of talk over the future of Senator Joseph Lieberman’s role in the Democratic Party, given that he campaigned for McCain and said some really stupid, nasty stuff about Obama.  Many, many Dem Senators have come out in his favor.  What’s surprising is that Obama has too.  This is one move I just don’t get.

Mark Schmitt over at TAP grades the various theories regarding just what the election would turn on.  Unsurprisingly, Nate Silver at 538 comes out on top.

Ezra Klein at TAP shows us a good example of assuming your opponents think like you:  In 2000, Karl Rove talked about the Bush administration and how they could use policy to shape the electorate in favor of Republicans (who cares about actually governing?).  Now, many Republican pundits seem to be assuming Democrats will do just that.  Frankly, I don’t think even the Dems are that evil.  They might hit on it by accident – voters tend to reward success – but I doubt the Dems have the sheer ability to govern solely to win elections the way Rove did.

Bloomberg News has filed a lawsuit asking that the federal government be forced to identify the recipients of more than $2 trillion in additional loans that have been made as part of the bailout effort in the past few months.  I guess the Treasury really has been privatized.

This NYT article has some decent speculation on how Bush might avoid having to testify in front of a very angry Democratic Congress.  (Oh, it looks like a Dem Congress will be getting no help from Obama.)

Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the undoubtedly controversial – and absolutely correct – point that the biggest problem with drugs is that they’re… illegal.

One new rumor is that Tom Vilsack will be Obama’s Ag Secretary.  As Vilsack comes from a corn state, this is a terrible idea.  Why?  Because it will be nearly impossible to end the insane subsidies in place for corn and other midwestern-grown foods.  Watch King Corn if you have no idea what I am talking about.

The Yes Men strike again – this time with 1.2 million copies of a fake version of the NYT that declares the Iraq War over (among other things).  Be sure to check out the video – the response of the NYT guy to the words “Judith Miller” is hilarious.  More here; the fake paper’s website is here.

National Geographic runs its Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008Some All of these are incredible.

Superobamaworld. Just check it out.

The only link that gets a proper excerpt:  Naomi Klein on the bailout.

This raises an interesting point: Has the Treasury partially nationalized the private banks, as we have been told? Or is it the other way around? Is it Treasury that has been partially privatized by Wall Street, its massive rescue plan now entirely in the hands of a private bank it is directly subsidizing?

After reading the article, I think it’s the latter.  Neoliberalism is still very much alive and well.

Via BB, one of those ‘oh, come on‘ moments.  This one involves Chevron.

Another working model of a flying car.  Cool.

The Onion compares Windows 7 with Apple’s Snow Leopard.

And now, some really good stuff:  Courtesy of the GT’s Matt Neznanski – whose work I can’t praise highly enough – Michale Rosenblum with a f***ing awesome talk on the past and future of newspapers.  This is perhaps the closest thing I have heard to a solution.  There are two parts:

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