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Day October 26, 2010

Pa Panamericano

The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History

Well, it’s a list. A series of items placed in numerical order.

Rand Paul Supporters Stomp Liberal Activist

(via Boing Boing)


Looks like another tea party member has identified the man who wrestled her to the ground.

Update 2:

The stomper has been identified:

A Rand Paul supporter is apologizing after he was seen on video stepping on a liberal activist’s head.

Tim Profitt, a volunteer with the Republican’s U.S. Senate campaign, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the camera angle made the scuffle Monday night appear worse that it was. He criticized police for not stepping in and says other supporters warned authorities about the activist.

Lauren Valle, a 23-year-old with the group MoveOn.org, was wrestled to the ground by Paul supporters when she tried to confront the tea party favorite with a fake award. Valle said Tuesday she was sore and swollen.

The Paul campaign cut ties with Profitt, removing him from his role as Bourbon County campaign coordinator and banning him from campaign events.

A Day in the Life of an Internet Commenter

This doesn’t apply to you of course……

(via My2SecondShelfLife)

Changing Soda Serving Sizes

From Sociological Images:

In this 1950s ad for soda, the text proudly proclaims that a 12-oz. can is “king-size,” and includes 2 full servings.

Compare it to this sign at Long John Silver’s, where the smallest size is 20 oz., and a 32-oz. medium soda, presented as the default size, is nearly 3 times as large as the 1950s king-size double serving (though, as a reader pointed out and I didn’t think to mention, we do have to make some allowance for ice in the cup).

I quit soda back in March (along with fast food). Smartest decision I’ve made in a long time.

Meg Whitman: “Why I came to California”

This is my favorite campaign commercial not involving a witch.

A Boston College Law Student Requests a Refund From the Dean

As an open letter on Eagleionline.com:

Unfortunately, the occasion for me writing to you is not a happy one. As a 3L, my peers and I find ourselves in the midst of one of the worst job markets in the history of our profession. A few of us have been able to find employment, but the overwhelming majority of us are desperately looking, and unable to find anything. We are discouraged, scared, and in many cases, feeling rather hopeless about our chances of ever getting to practice law.

To compound our difficulties, many of us are in an enormous amount of debt from our legal studies. Soon after our graduation, we will be asked to make very large monthly payments towards this debt, regardless of whether we’ve been able to find employment or not. It is a debt which, despite being the size of a mortgage, gives us no tangible asset which we could try to sell or turn in to the bank. We are not even able to seek the protection of bankruptcy from this debt.

From Metafilter where my favorite response was this:

You’d think a third-year law student would be familiar with the phrase “caveat emptor”.

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