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  • Uuuuuuuugh. 
  • This photo is so hard to look at.
  • “Surreal” is right, I’m cringing, which may not be entirely rational.
  • Over at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf has a fascinating look at the War on Terror as filtered through a 2003 highschool textbook.
  • The extremely talented Jim Epstein of Reason TV would like to remind us all that prices matter, yo. Check out his new piece “Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare.”
  • The extremely talented MY DAD wrote this here Kindle book on John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley fraud. Go, read, marvel at the Bill Steigerwaldness of it all.
  • The CIA has no privacy, you definitely have no privacy.
  • And privacy is important.
  • Good music actually comes from Pittsburgh. Even good, countrified  killing your abusive husband-style music.
  • Remember when I said I didn’t care about there being more females, or diversity-tastic folks in government? Here’s a much better summary of that feeling.
  • You should always read Tony Pierce’s endearing, Bukowski-ish Bus Blog, but let’s generally agree with him that The New York Post is awful for having such a lede. Bad, bad people.
  • Brian Doherty on Ron Paul’s farewell speech, with transcript over here.
  • It was all excellent and deliciously libertarian, but my favorite bit was this particular jab: “a society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society.” You could have dropped the mic right there, Dr. Paul.
  • If you haven’t read Gene Healy’s The Cult of the Presidency, you must. Regardless, I was excited to see that he has an e-book that follows that topic into the Obama presidency. 
  • A drug legalization debate is happening in NYC tonight, and you can watch it stream live at 6:45 over here. It will include Nick Gillespie and a former DEA dude. Guess which one is on which side!
  • Mike Riggs for White House Press Corp. Except he would probably shoot himself, which is to his credit. 
  • Jonathan Blanks is not optimistic about the prospect of federal hands-off-ness in respect to Colorado and Washington.
  • One of the most positive Radley Balko articles of which I am aware. Kind of scared.
  • Secession! 
  • Which Paul says is “very American.”
  • Aliens?
  • This is very gift of a cassette tape for Christmas, age 9 or ten, though seasonally inappropriate. H/T Spotify is awesome.
  • “I don’t want people who are in poverty, in pain, or suffering, to suffer because it’s for their own good and they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I want to help them. I want us all to help them. I just don’t want to use guns to do it.” Penn Jillette is awesome, go read this Washington Times interview with him at once.
  • If you want to be a sex worker…
  • Wired seems awfully convinced that you are an enemy of the state, which is why they wrote about how the next president is going to kill you with technology.
  • Cracked post about secret languages includes an entry on nushu (which I just learned about on QI) which was the secret woman’s tongue in China.  It seems that a decade ago, there was only one woman who spoke it. That article has a little too much “boohoo, girls get educated now!” but it’s rather a beautiful thing that women not given education or autonomy, not even given the pleasure of the written word, found a way around that and made their own characters (phonetic, too!) I love humans for just reasons like that.
  • Reason TV wandered about the Bastiat dinner and asked folks what writers got them into freeeeeeeeedom and things like that.
  • Oliver Sacks is amazing. Oliver Sacks wrote a letter back to me when I was 13. Oliver Sacks has done more drugs than you might have guessed.
  • New York Times op-ed doc on Chris Williams of Montana Cannabis  who is facing 80 years in prison. Another Montana Cannabis co-owner, Richard Flor, died in prison in August, a few months into his five-year term.
  • “Police were forced to shoot a dog” during a narcotics SWAT search warrant on a house which contained an infant. Comforting! 
  • Michael Moynihan says everyone’s a big fat liar, not just Republicans.
  • Sometimes I wonder if Cosmo isn’t better than Esquire, just because Cosmodoesn’t think women have ever heard of politics and therefore nobody ever writes shit like this for Cosmo.
  • Winner and finalists for the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography are worth a look. 
  • Football is boring, but a little bad-ass girl playing it with boys is worth a look.
  • Britain is awfully bureaucratic about contacting aliens.
  • Ron Paul Elected Ruler of Tiny Planet Inhabited by 1 Billion Tiny Ron Pauls” 
  • DEA responds to Reason re marijuana legalization victories, suggests they’ll keep right on being dicks, no matter the state law.
  • Mother Jones offers a more hopeful spin on legalization, noting that Eric Holder didn’t officially come out in opposition to Colorado’s Amendment 64.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has all your marijuana results from last night.
  • Ben Smith makes me cringe — in spite of the awesome marriage equality and marijuana legalization victories from last night — by deciding last night means “Welcome to Liberal America.”
  • Obama’s victory tweet is the most popular tweet of all time, and I was totally rooting for Justin Beiber there.
  • I hate weddings, and this is still insanely touching. Photography is awesome.
  • Except when it’s campaign photography, then the magic is pretty much beaten out of the medium.