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March 31st, 2009 by GST

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March 31st, 2009 18:43:51

3 Billion well spent

March 31st, 2009 by Pecos Bill

Laser fusion. Yee-hah!

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March 31st, 2009 16:38:05

The lesser of two weevils

March 31st, 2009 by GST

A fun piece by Joseph Tartakovsky in the New York Times about that most groaned-over humor genre, the pun.

Surveying how the great comic writers have viewed puns, he notes that “Jane Austen puns once, in ‘Mansfield Park,’ and it serves to impeach the moral character of the offender.”  I might add that O’Brian’s Captain Aubrey is an inveterate punster, and his habit mainly serves to illustrate that though generally good-humored, the Captain has a stunted sense of humor.  (The title pun is his.  I’ll find others when I have the novels in front of me.)

Also, needless to say, we here at the Junior Ganymede concur with Tartovsky’s selection of the greatest humor writer of the 20th century.

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March 31st, 2009 14:09:36

Neuhaus and First Things

March 31st, 2009 by Adam G.

I liked First Things more before I got it in paper and saw all the ads. The Rule of St. Benedict is not for me. (more…)

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March 31st, 2009 06:29:16

The Plot by Jorge Luis Borges

March 31st, 2009 by GST

To make his horror perfect, Caesar, hemmed about at the foot of a statue by his friends’ impatient knives, discovers among the faces and the blades the face of Marcus Junius Brutus, his ward, perhaps his very son–and so Caesar stops defending himself, and cries out “Et tu, Brute?” Shakespeare and Quevedo record that pathetic cry.

Fate is partial to repetitions, variations, symmetries. Nineteen centuries later, in the southern part of the province of Buenos Aires, a gaucho is set upon by other gauchos, and as he falls he recognizes a godson of his, and says to him in gentle remonstrance and slow surprise (these words must be heard, not read): “Pero, ché!” He dies, but he does not know that he has died so that a scene can be played out again.

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March 31st, 2009 05:12:36

If you’re going to have 7 kids with 5 women before you die at 33, it would help to write a will.

March 30th, 2009 by GST

Interesting article on why pro athletes are often broke.  (Short answer: They are more analogous to lottery winners than white-collar businessmen, and they dump their earnings into bling and dubious private equity deals with “friends.”  Also, profligate procreating.)  Note the not-t00-flattering mention of Ty Detmer and his investment firm at pages 4/5.

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March 30th, 2009 17:11:28

Alas, My Children!

March 30th, 2009 by La LLorona

We’re all going to be drowned under a four-inch tidal wave of doom. All because of global warming! My poor children.

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March 30th, 2009 12:46:49

Always winter, never Christmas

March 30th, 2009 by GST

Some NYU students rig up a wardrobe and create “Narnia” on campus, though with fewer fauns, dwarfs, etc., and more pot.   Money quote from university spokesman, ruthlessly mellow-harshing: “There’s nothing against the rules about declaring an alcove a magic kingdom.  If students want to get together in a room and jam and sing together, that’s fine. If they want to call it ‘Narnia,’ that’s fine, too. If they want to do those things and smoke marijuana, that’s a problem.”

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March 30th, 2009 10:21:37

Victim embraces his victimhood

March 30th, 2009 by Pecos Bill

This feller Woods is a yellow-bellied skunk.

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March 30th, 2009 05:37:32

Predicting the New Frontiers of Tolerance

March 27th, 2009 by Jeeves

It was the late Mr. Gilbert K. Chesterton who was led to observe that the deranged suffer not from a deficit of reason but from a deficit of everything else. On this, as in other matters, sir, I find him an invaluable guide. Thank you, sir.

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March 27th, 2009 17:18:12

Green Unemployment in Spain

March 27th, 2009 by Man SL

I know smart people who are convinced that we could create tons of new jobs and new prosperity if only we forced industry to go green. Green jobs, man. Green technology, man. Yes, we can! (more…)

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March 27th, 2009 14:01:52

Isaiah and Nephi

March 27th, 2009 by Adam G.

Give smart Mormons their due, they do some interesting stuff sometimes. I never saw the zombie theme in Nephi’s commentary on Isaiah before.

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March 27th, 2009 11:24:25

The Class (Entre les murs)

March 27th, 2009 by GST

Review by James Bowman.

Remember, by his (eminently sensible) rating system, two stars equals “so good you simply must see it.”

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March 27th, 2009 10:40:50

Fundamental Gay Rights

March 27th, 2009 by Pecos Bill

Yuh want yer rights? Yuh got ‘em. Git off yer fundament ‘n exercise ‘em.
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March 27th, 2009 10:15:30

JournoList back in the news.

March 27th, 2009 by Adam G.

JournoList is back in the news with a leaked thread. Full disclosure: my JournoList moniker is Marty Peretz.

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March 27th, 2009 08:33:23