Sunday Link-Off: The News and the Fools Who Follow It

jessica-alba-braun15-01We’re about to kick off a busy few weeks here at Lowdown HQ. This week is Formula One 2015 preview week. Tuesday’s rules change post is written. Wednesday’s drivers and teams preview is in progress. The predictions and power rankings posts will be fairly straight-forward. However, Monday’s news update hasn’t been started yet. Hopefully I get all that done quickly so I can move onto the next week’s Hottest Canadian bracket. There’s lots of work to be done around the blog over the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, it’s Sunday which means that it’s time for us to do the links. After a couple straight linkdumps with Alison Brie (not that there’s anything wrong with that), let’s kick things off with Jessica Alba.

About one in six Canadians think they’re better off now than this time last year. One-third of Canadians think they’re worse off. Sounds like Harper’s Canada is working out well for all of us. (Press Progress)

A scandal is brewing in Britain but won’t get the coverage over here that it should get. An investigation has turned up what is being called a “VIP pedophile ring” in the British government under Thatcher. (The Daily Beast)

Republican Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford says that poor and “coloured” people are more likely to commit crimes. And this is a party that thinks they’re fit to lead a whole country. (The Stranger)

Another post, another examination of Bill O’Reilly and his lies. (Rolling Stone)

Remember the tunnel found under York University? Apparently that was dug by two men who wanted a man cave. Apparently, they wanted a literal man cave. (CBC News)

The Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Free Beacon wrote a column saying that he can’t mourn Leonard Nimoy’s death because Spock reminds him of President Obama. Again, the Republicans want to lead America but this is how they act? (Raw Story)

An estimated two billion people have a smartphone. That little device in your pocket might define modern technology better than the computer you’re reading this post on. (Economist)

You don’t hear the name bandied about as an online news powerhouse but the Daily Mail has been a pretty good job of doing something very BuzzFeed / Huffington Post-esque with their website in terms of content and traffic. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops on the inside. (Gawker)

It seems as though the single most taboo topic in modern sports is gambling. Steroids, concussions, domestic violence? Nope. Unless, you’re the NBA which supports legalizing gambling. (Newsday)

Not surprisingly, Hilary Clinton was the dream guest star for Parks and Recreation. While they were able to get anyone up to and including Vice President Joe Biden to appear, they couldn’t get Hilary. (Washington Post)

Want to work on your Jeopardy skills? Check out this analysis of where the Daily Doubles are hidden. (Flowing Data)

Just for fun, here’s a look at the best of the worst grammar on The Simpsons. (Mental Floss)

And for even more fun, what song?

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