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June 30, 2012 1:19 PM Weekend Links

By Ryan Cooper

I’m going to leave it at that for today, folks. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have power, or it might be another late start as get into some Mad Max-style fights over a table at Starbucks. Until then, here are some tidbits from around the web:

1. Cities that wouldn’t exist without air conditioning.

2. YouTube to try and fix its atrocious comments.

3. Interview Chris Hayes from Jacobin. (Reprinted in Salon.)

4. How scientists adjust the world’s clocks. “When dinosaurs roamed the planet, the day was only 23 hours long.”

5. Spectacular slideshow of the Colorado wildfires. It’s my home state, or at least it was.

6. Wow.

Also, a shout-out for the awesome proprietor of Zed’s cafe in Silver Spring, who was kind enough to let me chill and write online for several hours for only the price of some various snacks and drinks. Good man.

Finally, outro jams from the new Deadmau5:


Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • 2Manchu on June 30, 2012 2:16 PM:

    My family and I spent an amazing week in Estes Park/Ft. Collins last year, where we were treated extremely well by everyone we met, and did not have a boring moment.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the great people of Colorado.

    p.s., and a huge shout out to Jesse Kosch, former Nebraska Cornhusker, and owner of Big Red of the Rockies in Estes Park.

    GBR, Brother!!

  • Anonymous on June 30, 2012 8:24 PM:

    Thanks for posting link #6. That is freaking amazing, also be sure to check out comment #13 below the photo/video. Also amazing.

  • gus on June 30, 2012 9:41 PM:


    "Obama has proven to be a divisive president, despite his insistence that he is open to compromise and accommodation. Congress both reflects and feeds that polarization.Ē

    Thatís as lovely as the entire comment I tried to post and that got eaten by the comment system.

  • gus on June 30, 2012 9:44 PM:

    To repeat the comment:

    I realize that Conventional Wisdom and GOP pols say this kind of thing because they seem to wish that GW Bush doesnít exist and never set foot in the WH (sigh, donít we all?) But, I canít think of any instance where this is true.

    Of course, Dan Balz, the writer of the article doesnít tell me how he has been a Divider so how am I to know that what Balz wrote is not true??

  • bob on July 01, 2012 9:43 AM:

    RE: Cities that wouldnít exist without air conditioning
    Even more important than air conditioning is electricity and many of the US localities that have most benefited from air conditioning were those that first got electricity through the New Deal's rural electrification efforts. In fact, much of rural "red America" still gets its electricity from "socialist" cooperatives.

    Some 18 million households and businesses are covered by cooperatives, over 80% in red states and 66% in the former confederate states and territories alone. Many are small communities that, even today, might not be electrified if not for non-profit cooperatives.

    It's another nail in the coffin of the myth of rugged individualism and southern self-reliance.


  • 2Manchu on July 01, 2012 11:28 AM:


    But that kind of spending is A-OK with the red states, along with Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, farm subsidies, defense contracts, and tax breaks, because they're God-fearing, flag-waving REAL AMERICANS, and therefore in their minds are deserving of the hundreds of billions they get every year from D.C.

    Unlike, you know, THOSE PEOPLE (i.e.,anyone not like them).

  • merceMorm on September 03, 2012 12:57 PM: