Weekend Links We Like to Link to: The All Videos Edition

Author and Native Sherman Alexie on Stephen Colbert. One of the best non-enlightening interviews (well, maybe indirectly enlightening. I wonder how few Americans are aware of the smallpox-soaked blankets distributed during the Trail of Tears) I’ve seen/read in a long time:

http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/video_player/view/default/swf.jhtml

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And, in the interest of non-partisanship and equal time to the other side, The Daily Show. Here they are with a brilliant, although quite late, send-up of the really insipid attacks that certain Republicans and rabid anti-Obamaites have made against community organizers:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/sitewide/video_player/view/default/swf.jhtml

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Jared Diamond of the intriguing Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse books (about the rises of certain civilizations over others, and the fall of others) on sustainability here (sorry, can’t figure out how to embed player). For smaller version, and more context, go here. Note: I haven’t read Collapse so I’m not sure myself how he would define the collapse of civilization (as he does early on in referencing Bosnia and Rwanda), but my guess is that it may have something to do with genocide. The fall of the civilization, however, according to him, is not nearly the same as the extinction of its people – yet he refers to one people group that did die out and five points that lead to such extinction. So, I’m also curious how he feels Colombia is near this fall.
It’s just something that I’m thinking about doing an article on…

And finally, elections are two days away. Everybody knows who I’m gonna vote for. As for you, you can vote however you like.

Make no doubt about it, these middle school kids know their stuff better than most adults (especially those who aren’t voting). This cat has the lyrics.

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