One More Way to Waste Time Or maybe not. Via Brad DeLong comes word of Library Thing, which for a small subscription, allows you to catalog your books online, along with tagging features and a way to connect the data to your blog. Actually, this sounds kind of cool.
So That's How They Do It Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber reviews Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. Please read this.
Torture We're still doing it - read Von's chilling breakdown at Obsidian Wings. The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation, over the President's opposition, telling the Administration to knock it off. Nine Senators voted against the bill and in favor of torture. Nine. The same number as the Nazgul. Patrick Nielsen Hayden makes the connection. Anything for their Lord and Master.
Good to Know From BoingBoing, instructions on How to Make a Secret Bookshelf Door.
And More on Torture Three of the six Senators who voted against the Torture Bill will sit on the conference committee which will reconcile this bill with whatever comes out of the House. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who is already one of the most cynically egregious operators in Congress has signaled that he will only allow the bill to go through with a number of "carve outs" which will allow some U.S. personnel and non-U.S. proxies to continue to torture people. To continue to torture people. I am so glad the current Administration and their allies have restored moral government to our country. (Via Crooked Timber)