Quick links for Wednesday

Children’s literature is full of scrotums! (Via Neil Gaiman) Matt Taibbi: Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush’s Billionaires: While America obsessed about Brittany’s shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid. MediaFork is a new media-ripper …

New Free Richard Thompson song, plus Earth Day Footprint questionnaire

I missed this at Making Light‘s Sidelights, but managed to catch it at Avedon Carol’s Sideshow: Richard Thompson has a new song up on his website, called Dad’s Gonna Kill Me. First impression: pretty energetic delivery with his usual strong guitar work. Dunno if it’s the best writing he’s ever done, yet, but I’ll know …

Christian values

Self-identified "Christians" send Amanda Marcotte email, and Amanda quotes them. It makes for fascinating reading, though it is somewhat disturbing to note that so many Pharisees walk among us. And they vote. In the old days, when this blog had working comments, people would pipe up at points like this to inform me that that …

Your Last Chance To See has now passed.

Baiji.org reports: Wuhan, 13 December 2006 – The Baiji Yangtze Dolphin is with all probability extinct. On Wednesday, in the city of Wuhan in central China, a search expedition, under the direction of the Institute for Hydrobiology Wuhan and the Swiss-based baiji.org Foundation, drew to a finish without any results. During the six-week expedition scientists …

EU doing what it’s supposed to do, film at 11

Following on a theme established by Andrew Rilstone’s posts on reporting in the UK newspapers the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, here’s a post by Nosemonkey at the Sharpener: Finally, in the (never-read) second-to-last paragraph, we get the real story: “The decision replaces 25 national packaging rules and two EU directives on quantities with …