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[links] Link salad for a sleepy Tuesday

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A possible genetic relationship between autism and highly desirable traits — Interesting stuff. (Thanks to lt260.)

High-tech sponge could take hydrogen cars further — Materials science at work. (Thanks to lt260.)

The subprime primer — In plain English, how it all happened. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Paul Krugman on McCain’s health insurance ‘plan’In short, the McCain plan makes no sense at all, unless you have faith that the magic of the marketplace can solve all problems. And Mr. McCain does: a much-quoted article published under his name declares that “Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.” Yep, banking really has shaped up nicely without being burdened by the worst excesses of regulation. Conservative faith in the magic of free markets would be Santa Claus-cute if it wasn’t so fucking destructive. Disclaimer: as a cancer survivor, I am one of those Americans who lose tremendous ground under McCain’s plan, which is strongly biased toward those without pre-existing conditions. Plus I’m a liberal, so I’m one of those full-of-shit people who thinks everyone ought to have reasonable access to healthcare. (Thanks to lt260.)

Make-Believe Maverick Rolling Stone with a very detailed look at Mr. Straight Talk’s personal history. Interesting reading.

An editorial in the Boston Globe about the Bush legacyIt is hard to believe how far this republic has fallen since President George W. Bush took office. Eight years ago, the United States had a budget surplus, peace and prosperity reigned, and America was universally respected. Definitely time to support four more years of GOP rule. What could possibly go wrong?

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