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Which I used on the large prickly weeds last evening because I was so sick of having to dig the replicating f**kers out every single day and almost hosed my foot down with the stuff and worried that my kids will be born with their livers outside their bodies and …

Anyway, on with the links.

Earth Magazine | Geologists to be charged for not predicting earthquake? Italy, slow on the science uptake since the early 17th century.

BP To Create $20 Billion Fund For Claims On Day 59 of the still-gushing oil volcano, how can this, a partial repayment by a private company to the United States for the horrible damage wreaked on the Gulf Coast’s waters, land, people, jobs and pysche, in any way be referred to as a “bailout” or “redistribution of wealth?” How in the world is Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) “ashamed” of granting the money to victims? I thought one of the most basic tenets of capitalism is You Break It, You Bought It. As Stinque says, “Anyone responsible, civilly or criminally, should be bankrupted and banished from polite society.”

“The Douche Doesn’t Fall Far From The Bag” The starred comments on this Gawker post about Griffith Rutherford Harsh V, son of Meg Whitman and Exhibit A for supporters of the estate tax, are comedy gold.

Heehaw Marketing | The Cultural Tour Bus “Even with a Budweiser sized budget, it’s just not possible to immerse a team in someone else’s world enough. A single insight doesn’t really give us much understanding at all. And really, with the surface level nonsense most are doing, we’re usually just pecking at observational scraps rather than reaching for some perceptive nirvana.” The article references an interview with David Simon about the Average Reader.

McSweeney | I’m Comic Sans, A**hole “We don’t all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can’t all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun.”

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