Wednesday Link-Off: Forces of Good and Bad

kate-upton-vogue13-07It’s the middle of the week which means that it’s time for the links. Things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately but I’m hoping that inspiration will strike and I’ll write some more interesting things soon. Let’s kick it off with Kate Upton who I’m pretty sure hasn’t been on the blog since she landed her second SI Swimsuit Issue cover.

The mainstream media would have you believe that Anonymous are evil but the hacking group have been a force of good who have been a leading force in uncovering evidence of rape that the police just aren’t interested in finding. (Mother Jones)

Not only does austerity prevent much economic stimulation but it also has a real world effect on people. Austerity measures also affect the social safety net that so many people rely on. (New York Times)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Canadians are entitled to know what the government is up to… Only if it can be spun positively for the governing Conservative Party. (MacLean’s)

The US Justice Department has been looking at the phone records of various AP reporters and bureaus. What are they looking for? (Associated Press)

Speaking of journalistic ethics, Spongebob Squarepants does ethical commentary better than some actual news outlets. (Romenesko)

In an op-ed, Angelina Jolie explains why she underwent a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. It’s a rather interesting and informative read. (New York Times)

BBC Radio Stoke host Paula White decided to celebrate her last show on air by getting hammered and going on air. (Mediaite)

Here’s an interesting read about how Nazi technology and a Bing Crosby investment combined to launch Silicon Valley. (New Yorker)

I may not be a Leafs fan but even I almost felt bad for them after that monumental, once-in-a-lifetime collapse Monday night. Almost. And I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. (Deadspin)

In a roundabout way, BP is paying to promote New Orleans and Louisiana tourism after killing it with Deepwater Horizon by funding production of a season of Top Chef in New Orleans. (The Braiser)

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t fond of the first season of Community post-Harmon. Hopefully, it can be salvaged. (Warming Glow)

Let’s close out with a gallery. Here is a collection of some of Chris Hadfield’s best pictures from space. (Wall Street Journal)

While I almost feel sorry for the Leafs, I still love Jack Edwards’ call of the game tying goal.

I’m not much of a wrestling fan but I thought this video was pretty funny.

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