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  • North Koreans are slowly moving into the age of cell phones, but the real, worldwide internet remains only for people named Kim Jong-Un and a few choice others.
  • Drone hits Yemen less than a day after Obama wins reelection. New normal, people. A Republican would have continued these tactics with relish.
  • There’s talk of a Casablanca sequel, which is not the worst idea ever, since there was a treatment penned by the original writer, but also good Lord no let’s not. A treatment isn’t enough to save it, a full script probably wouldn’t be, either.
  • Look, I know that Rookie mag is for 14-year-olds in thick glasses, but it’s for teenagers and writers write about, say, how Hedy Lemarr was totally bad-ass. Do you understand how amazing such a magazine would have been when I was a teen? Do you understand that it still kind of rules, even though I am extremely old?
  • I still blame Gawker for being lazy, but clearly New York Times mag was the one encouraging Donderoooooooooo.
  • I am listening to Charlie Parr today, so you should, too. If only for his beard.

Lazy Critique of Libertarianism of the Day

See, it’s funny because Gawker headlined it “America’s Only Rude Libertarian…” and all libertarians are middle-aged white dudes with no social skills, who live in their parents’ basements, while simultaneously being Mitt Romney, I mean Paul Ryan, I mean a non-specific evil Hollywood businessman. And those of us libertarians who exist in the real world have never heard those strawmen before. Nor would we ever hear them, if not for the hardworking reporters at Gawker.

Eric Dondero; they decided Dondero(ooooooooo) was worth an entire post.

Hey statists, you won last night, mostly. Any compelling reason to kick libertarianism when it’s down? Because it’s always down.

Except, did the actual success of libertarian-friendly causes like gay marriage and legal marijuana on Tuesday make you nervous? Your president had to be dragged kicking and screaming into being an ally to the gay community (out loud, that is). And he has let his Department of Justice trample all over marijuana growers, state legality be damned.

Yep, the best aspects of the (arguable) left have nothing to do with Obama. He’s a sell-out war mongerer, and even if he becomes less of one this term, that won’t erase his last four years. That’s the thing about people’s lives and freedom being taken, there is no backsies there.

Oooh, I have another idea for a Gawker blog! I bet Wayne Allen Root said something stupid!

  • 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.

Winning.

He is the only person who has so far managed to make me wish I had voted today. [Update: To reward Russell for his awesomeness, I purchased a copy of his “Renegade History of the United States” since I have been meaning to read it for ages.]