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March 16, 2014 2:45 PM Odds & Ends

By Martin Longman

Leave it to the Daily Mail to run with some really reprehensible speculation about one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. The New York Times has a much more responsible and less sensational piece on the latest in the investigation.

Chris Cillizza speculates about what would happen if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president, but it’s doubtful that he’s come up with anything you didn’t already know.

Westboro Baptist Church lunatic Fred Phelps is reportedly near death. I guess he’ll soon find out if was right about what God hates.

Nationally, an estimated 400,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed. In Detroit, when they began testing their backlog, they quickly identified more than 100 serial rapists. I think it is amazingly disrespectful to not even try to examine a rape kit to see if the assailant can be identified. Why is this dismissive practice so widespread?

Increasingly, professors have to raise grant money to pay most of their salaries or risk getting fired.

Somebody went on a rant.

For the last few weeks we’ve been running weekend movie reviews from The Reality-Based Community at Ten Miles Square. I hope you like the feature.

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