In Which We Embark On Another Century of Pointing Links At Anything That Moves

Tuesday Links and the End of the World

by Alex Carnevale

The genius of Berlin.

Bright Eyes picked a candidate, dropped his alias.

“Amy in the White Coat” – Bright Eyes (mp3)

Tom Cruise is insane, but scientology is worse.

L. Ron Hubbard:

My mother was lying on the bed and my father (L Ron Hubbard) was sitting on her, facing her feet. he had a coathanger in his hand.

Penthouse: What do you think of the great popularity of cults in this country?

Hubbard: I think they’re very dangerous and destructive. I don’t think that anyone should think for you. And that’s exactly what cults do. All cults, including Scientology, say, “I am your mind, I am your brain. I’ve done all the work for you, I’ve laid the path open for you. All you have to do is turn your mind off and walk down the path I have created.” Well, I have learned that there’s great strength in diversity, that a clamorous discussion or debate is very healthy and should be encouraged. That’s why I like our political setup in the United States: simply because you can fight and argue and jump up and down and shout and scream and have all kinds of viewpoints, regardless of how wrongheaded or ridiculous they might be. People here don’t have to give up their right to perceive things the way they believe. Scientology and all the other cults are one-dimensional, and we live in a three-dimensional world. Cults are as dangerous as drugs. They commit the highest crime: the rape of the soul.

Dana Goodyear inside Scientology.

Although I am beating a dead horse, the Terrell Owens interview from Sunday is the greatest thing and must be put here for posterity.

The top five criers in sports.

Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits cover album.

Bush in Bahrain

Photographs of the most highly restricted places in the world.

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Erica Jong would vote for Kuchinich. But she’s voting for Hillary because she’s a woman. The argument of this brand of Hillary-supporter is thus: “I’m voting for Hillary purely because she’s a woman. If you vote against her because she’s a woman, you’re evil. I am the only one allowed to take into consideration the fact that she is a woman.”

With that said, I’m sure Hillary will make a fine president when she tells the American public that Obama is black. They’ll be like, “Really???”

In Defense of Amtrak.

SeeqPod may be the greatest site ever.

Bill Simmons:

To poor Shaun Alexander, who caused me to write in my notebook, “How small would a tackler have to be for Alexander to break his tackle? 140 pounds? 150 pounds? POSSIBLE ESPN REALITY SHOW!”

“A Little Lost” – Arthur Russell (mp3)

If men knew that identity politics would take over everything, they would have let women rule the world for thousands of years so that they could be the ones now complaining about it in the media.

Just kidding!

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And then a miracle happened.

Why tax rebate proposals are a silly idea.

National Weather Service screws up.

The Smurfs turn 50.

Nick in Peru:

Andre the drunk Giant.

Who doesn’t love rap?

I did some rape polling yesterday, you know, for fun. This article was enjoyable. We had 6 non-rapes, 14 rapes, and one “what’s rape.” You decide, unless you’re a Jezebel commenter…then the decision is kinda made for you.

The difference between Romney and JFK.

All the myspace seduction you can handle.

“Clark Gable” – The Postal Service live at KRCW (mp3)

How bad is the U.S. medical system?

ESPN will cover pro-gaming league.

Greatest indie rock albums ever.

Don’t shop at Best Buy.

Women surpass men in every area.

Don’t use Flickr. Please don’t.

“Candy Cane Children” – The White Stripes (mp3)

Educated or fired.

Why CEOs need to be honest with their boards.

Gotta love the Purple Monster.

Clay Aiken and Monty Python.

Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording.

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Jeff revealed a liar.

Jeff entered Covenant City.

Jeff on the best novels of the year.

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