Morning Links

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
  • Medco CEO wants a team of federal bureaucrats to dictate medical decisions to doctors.
  • Some really nice examples of long exposure photography.
  • Bad ad placement.
  • More beautiful photos of urban decay.
  • Matt Taibbi gives Thomas Friedman the journalistic equivalent of the forearm shiver.
  • Speaking of rhetorical smackdowns, the Economist sends President Bush back to Texas bloodied and beaten. And they’re right.
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  • 24 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  OneByTheCee | 

      Bad Ad Placement:

      Hilarious.

    2. #2 |  Sithmonkey | 

      What tha FRACK?!? That was fracking fracky…

    3. #3 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      The Economist article was good, but the editor needs a lesson in grammar. I suggest boning up on prepositional phrases.

    4. #4 |  Marty | 

      I’ve never read Matt Taibbi, but after the shellacking he gave Friedman, I’m definitely a fan! I laughed my ass off at ‘Then I sat down and drew up my own graph, called SIZE OF VALERIE BERTINELLI’S ASS, 1985-2008, vs. HAP- PINESS’ when he was skewering Friedman’s graph about oil prices vs freedom. Fabulous!

    5. #5 |  MacK | 

      More beautiful photos of urban decay.

      I now have that lighthouse as my desktop simply amazing.

    6. #6 |  MacK | 

      Damn wrong link reference. LOL
      Corrected:
      Some really nice examples of long exposure photography.

    7. #7 |  Will Grigg | 

      Re: Bad ad placement —

      That was metaphysically unfortunate. The uncanny, detailed nuances of its awfulness — down to the song selection and the way the context created by the scene before the commercial ruined all of the ad director’s oh-so-artful shot selections — makes me nearly believe in predestination. It just seems as if this was somehow meant to happen, so seamlessly does the ad fit with the clip, thereby nullifying the former’s value as a commercial pitch for the product in question.

      At some level I recognize that this is utterly hilarious, but I’m just sitting here stunned by the whole thing.

    8. #8 |  Bryan | 

      Wow. I am no fan of Friedman, but I thought that Taibbi article was awful.

    9. #9 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Well put Will.

      FWIW, when I was a teenager, my friends and I would smoke massive amounts of pot, put on the TV, turn off the sound, and put on our favorite music.

      The music always seemed to accompany the action on the screen. Marvelous stuff.

      Random order.

    10. #10 |  j.d. | 

      If i were Friedman and I read that article, I would retire effective immediately.

      I’m no Bush fan, but that Economist article was somewhat misguided: the mag simply could have written, “this is what happens when a republican follows keynesian economic theory and practices and openly liberal political philosophy, with the added touch of feel-good christianism”. The last paragraph is spot-on, though.

    11. #11 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Geez, I give Radley a syllogistic forearm shiver or two and all it gets me is a near-blacklisting. Seems he appreciates siding with the “dishing out” end of things more than the “taking it” end.

      Don’t we all. Thanks for tolerating me, Radley. :)

      As for Friedman, who gives a fuck. One more pathetic shill for the ruling class. Another barren yet regrowable branch on the tree of Statism. Cut it off — does the tree die?

      What about striking the root?

      http://www.strike-the-root.com

    12. #12 |  Jason | 

      “Medco CEO wants a team of federal bureaucrats to dictate medical decisions to doctors.”

      Yeah…federal bureaucrats dictating when and how I get my “prostate exam.” What’s new?
      http://www.rightklik.net/

    13. #13 |  jahigginbotham | 

      Bad Ad Placement – Start at 1:35 and save yourself some time.

    14. #14 |  supercat | 

      I once heard a radio news report of eighty-below temperatures in Alaska, which was followed by an advertisement for Holland America’s Alaskan cruises. It didn’t fail on aesthetic grounds the way this show/ad pairing did, but I doubt that the HA ad generated many sales.

    15. #15 |  TGGP | 

      Many of the Economist’s examples of “politicization” were simply pursuing policies they disagreed with. If a Democratic president had done the opposite would that then have been “politicization”? Bush was a bad enough president that you shouldn’t have to resort to that.

    16. #16 |  Michael | 

      Politics has been guiding medical care, for years,now. My life is full of many examples of that! It is going to get worse, before it gets better!

      Jason, politics will argue that you don’t need the “prostate exam”! I is not cost effective, because elderly men who get it, usually do not die from the prostate cancer. That is just one, of the many, stupid ideas they get!

    17. #17 |  Michael | 

      And, I don’t think Friedman is not all bad. Did he not point out the economic fallacy of the “war on drugs”?

      And by the way, how can a war be “on drugs”?! (I guess that would be a good way to tolerate war! One might be a little less afraid of dieing.)

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