There are a lot of stories that tie back to American politics in today’s linkdump. From John Boehner resigning as the GOP launch a battle to kill Planned Parenthood to the constitutionality of any cuts to Planned Parenthood, the politics of America are heating up. To think that we’re having the election here in Canada in three weeks but it’s the Yanks who have the interesting stories.
Anyway, I suppose we should get on with the links. Since we’re talking about US politics, how about we start with Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division agent Adrianne Palicki.
Stephen Harper’s campaign focus is his economic record. Is there really anything there for him to stand on? (MacLean’s)
John Boehner is resigning from the House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House. You may not agree with his politics but he was one of the increasingly fewer progressive Republicans and the only man who could keep Congressional Tea Partiers in line enough to keep the government functioning. (Mother Jones)
Good news, Matt Damon! Mars shows signs of having flowing water. This should quite quickly re-prove the relevance of NASA. (New York Times)
Of course, giving NASA any additional funding would be an uphill battle. America is a two-party political system but only one of those parties is actually interested in governing. (The Atlantic)
Right now, that anti-governance party is busy trying to shut down Planned Parenthood which would be a massive step back for women’s and reproductive rights and would threaten to turn the clock back to an America that more closely resembles a third-world country than the leader of the free world. (Reuters)
And if the GOP actually goes through with defunding Planned Parenthood, it should be considered a violation of the Constitution. I’m serious. This would actually violate the US Constitution. (Philly.com)
If you thought fake accounts were the bane of social media, you don’t know the pain suffered by the folks in the advertising industry who are dealing with that problem and losing money because of it. (Bloomberg)
But the advertising industry only has itself to blame for pissing off mobile users worldwide. (Fusion)
You can have self-control or a good memory but science says that your brain’s finite resources prevents you from having both. (The Guardian)
Liv Tyler is only 38. I say only because she’s been around for almost 20 years since Armageddon so it feels like she should be older. Hollywood agrees because Liv says that ageism is forcing her out of the industry. (The Guardian)
In one of those magic moments of the internet, I stumbled across one of the high points in the history of Botchamania. I think this might be the only episode solely dedicated to one PPV. It’s Botchamania 92 which is solely about TNA’s Victory Road 2009 pay-per-view.