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We never know what’s percolating in the mind of children, okay?  And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.  -  Charles Maranzano

Many of you have probably seen the first video, of dogs reacting to a magic trick; in the second one, a magician performs tricks for cats instead.  This isn’t the first dog/cat video dichotomy I’ve featured; look back to Links #160 for more juxtapositional fun. The three links above the first video were provided by Radley Balko, and those between the videos by Amy AlkonClarissaRick HorowitzKevin Wilson, and Eddie J Cunningham, in that order.

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Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich.  –  Chamangeni Zulu

I’m grateful for these quiet weeks we’ve had lately; they’ve allowed me to get boring-but-necessary business stuff done for setting up my company and my tour.  Pretty soon, you should start seeing new things populating the tour calendar, but if you’re in east Texas toward the end of next week I would like to see you at my book signing in Fairfield.  And if you don’t live near any of my planned stops, don’t forget you can get an autographed copy by mail.  This week’s top contributor was Jesse Walker, with the first video and everything above it; those between the videos are from Marc Randazza (“legit”), Mike Siegel (“headline”), Radley Balko (“gag”),  Clarissa (“Satanic”), Police Misconduct (“driveway”), and Thaddeus Russell (“blasphemy”).

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Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off?  It was awesome!  -  Brice Woolly

Another rather quiet week, which is still good because I was even busier than I was last week!  The epigram, the first video and the two links above it were all provided by Radley Balko; the second video by Michael Whiteacre; and the links between the two by Nun Ya (“megalomania” & “machete”), Clarissa (“obese”), Mancrack (“Mr. Rogers”), and Popehat (“together”).

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The message further said that anyone who opens his or her door would collapse and die and their souls [would be] collected for the witchdoctor.

Given that I was incredibly busy with non-blog activities this week (such as planning my book tour, forming a corporation, dealing with PayPal so I can take payments for my book, tending animals and many other such thrilling pastimes), it’s probably for the best that it was a rather slow news week.  Everything down to the first video was provided by Radley Balko, and the video itself by Rick Horowitz; the second video is from Mike Siegel (who also contributed the last link above it), and the other links between the videos were supplied by Cop BlockCthulhuchickJesse Walker, and Lucy Steigerwald (in that order).

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We remain very concerned that…legal [products] are being sold openly in our high streets.  -  Detective Superintendent Dave Knopwood

Whenever the topic of nursing in public came up in my younger years, I let it be known that I fully intended to nurse my babies whenever they were hungry, no matter where I might happen to be at the time, and that anyone who complained would learn just how sharp my tongue is.  As it turned out I never had the experience myself, but my feelings on the subject haven’t changed so I really appreciated this funny video my husband discovered.  Everything above it is from Clarissa, and the second video (from Mistress Matisse) is a real ad for an actual lawyer; the links between the videos were provided by Kevin Wilson  (“comics”), Thaddeus Russell (“graffiti”), Lenore Skenazy (“libertarianism”),  Popehat (“paranoid”), Jesse Walker (“map”), Mike Siegel (“paintball”),  Cthulhuchick (“goats” & “handcuffed”), and Radley Balko (“nothing”).

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It’s a little known fact that as Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King’s horse during the 1913 Derby her last words were, “I hope that sometime in the next 100 years, someone introduces a product that makes a woman’s labia pinker.  That’s really what I’m doing all this for.”  -  Jake

If you live in the United States and noticed that you got the notification for this post an hour later than usual, it’s because starting today by government decree your clocks will lie to you about the time until early November.  Everyone else in the world should continue getting the notice at the same time until your clocks either start or stop lying to you (depending on what hemisphere you’re in) sometime in the next few weeks.  If you’re outside the US and the time was wrong anyhow, it undoubtedly has something to do with however WordPress has the change set up.  Got it?  I honestly wish we’d dispense with the unholy mess, which costs the US roughly $2 billion per year (and even more since Congress extended it in 2007, putting us out of synch with Europe and Asia).  Nor does that count the cost in lives and property damage from the increased number of accidents on the Monday following the change, especially in the spring.  Anyhow, in keeping with the theme of this rant I present “Destino”, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali which was mostly done in 1946, then shelved and never finished until 2003.  It’s very strange and very beautiful, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  The second video is the first American television commercial for cannabis, but almost certainly not the last; it was contributed by Rick Horowitz.  The links down to the first video are a mixed bag; Lenore Skenazy gave us “never call”, “rules” and “kangaroo”; Michael Whiteacre gave us “birthday party”, Radley Balko contributed “mother”, and I found “kayaking” and “masochism” myself.  Those between the videos were provided by Radley, my cat, ManCrack, ClarissaKate Zen, Dean Clark, Kevin Wilson, and EconJeff (in that order).

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For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana.  -  SW3K

This was a very unbalanced week; while I had so many sex-work-related items that I was able to write three other columns from them in addition to yesterday’s TW3, as you can see the links pickings were pretty sparse.  The first video is another of the unusual covers I like to feature, of a song we’ve seen here before; the second is a new video version of something we’ve previously seen as a slide series (and which, IMHO, is important enough to repeat).  Everything down to the first video is from Radley Balko, and the links between the videos from Franklin Harris (“RIP” and “bananas”), Aspasia (“table”), Korhomme (“Anglophile”), Rick Horowitz (“part one”), Mike Siegel (“part two”), Eddie J. Cunningham (“Javert”), Jason Kuznicki (“rumor”), and Jack Shafer (“Watterson”).

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Young people are taking Viagra because of terrorism.  -  Dr. Samiullah Khan

As y’all have probably noticed by now, I like unusual covers of well-known songs.  Well, this week we’ve got one of the most unusual ones yet; not only is it a cover of a cover (specifically, Soft Cell’s version of the obscure ’60s B-side “Tainted Love”), but it’s played on a really unusual instrument.  The video comes to us via Mike Siegel (who also provided “Voynich”), but if you prefer one with a vocal track you can thank Melissa Gira Grant for that.  The second video is a terribly rude (but also very funny) commercial called to my attention by  EconJeff (who also gave us “Obama“).  Everything above the first video is from Radley Balko, and the links between the videos were contributed by ClarkhatMike RiggsMistress MatisseCop BlockDan SavageFranklin HarrisPopehatJolene PartonGrace, and Kevin Wilson  (in that order).

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We are now a police state.  –  Former NSA official Bill Binney

Today I’ll be Bob Zadek’s guest on his radio show on KKSF in San Francisco; even if you’re not in that area you can listen in on the internet.  The show starts at noon PST (20:00 UTC).

A larger-than-usual fraction of this week’s links are funny, even though some of them are black humor; enjoy it while it lasts.  Today’s first video, via Aspasia, is unique in that it was made entirely inside a computer; none of it exists in reality.  Yet despite my generally low regard for CGI cartoons, I wholly admit to being extremely impressed by it and I predict a successful career for its creator.  The second video (provided by Jesse Walker) takes us from the sublime to the ridiculous:  it’s a 1963 Rice Krispies commercial performed by a now-legendary band before they were famous (Jesse also supplied “irony”).  Everything down to the first video is from Radley Balko, and the links between the videos from  Popehat (“class” & “petard”), Amy Alkon (“11″), Gideon (“natural”), Cop Block  (“groped”), Tushy Galore (“Prince”), and Rick Horowitz (“NSA” & “robotic”).

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The human body is not essentially…pornographic, and I think to make it so is a mistake.  -  Pat Robertson

This was one of those weeks in which I couldn’t be sure who was going to take the top position; it went back and forth several times before Radley Balko took it with six.  Popehat and Grace were tied for second place with four each (“irony”, “911″, “nanny”, and “fireman” for Popehat; “Palm Beach”, “3rd”, “hair”, and “spray” for Grace);  Jesse Walker (“gothic”, “Pat Robertson”),  Cop Block  (“10″, “20″) and Edward Cunningham (“together”, “test”) had two each,  and the rest of the links were provided by Franklin Harris (“RIP”), Walter Olson  (“physics”), Police Misconduct (“cop-lovers”), Jasper Gregory (“scrolls”), Jason Kuznicki (“cost”), Jemima (“strip”), Mike Siegel (“ABC”), and Lenore Skenazy  (“sign”).  The Via North Carolina Harm Reduction requested I share the second video, and I discovered the first while reading this article in order to answer a reader question.

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