Just because I haunt the same old places

I’ve been suffering from blog ennui recently, so what blogs do you recommend that I might not already be reading? I’m too lazy to remember which ones I read, so just say which ones you read that you think I might like. Feel free to pimp your own blog here.

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  1. 1
    Cassidy says:

    Topless Robot for all your geeky needs.

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    BGinCHI says:

    There are also these things called books. They don’t really sell them in stores anymore, but you can get them online. They also have them for free at public libraries, if your city still has them after budget cuts.

    There are also blogs about books, but I don’t want to feed your habit.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    FactualOpinion.com, or anything by Tucker Stone really, you will like his style

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    Martin says:

    Yeah, I got nothing. It’s a wasteland out there.

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    Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait
    The Comics Curmudgeon makes even Mary Worth readable
    Serious Eats yum

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    gex says:

    I do enjoy my buddy’s humorous blog that frequently touches on politics: youngnotions.com. It’s at most one a day, so not a big drain on your time and usually pretty amusing.

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    Vlad says:

    Other Things Amanzi: South African trauma surgeon blogs about treating patients in the ER. Entertaining and informative, occasionally very sad.

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    Oh, you know, all go them.

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    p.a. says:

    the blogess. Bonddad, Angry Bear, The Big Picture- not on the blogroll here but should be right up there w/Calculated Risk as economic blogs.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    ‘No pimping’ should be understood, Justice Kennedy. Strip search everyone?
    How’s about if there’s just prurient interest? I mean, there could be contraband in there somewhere


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    AA+ Bonds says:


    Topless Robot for all your geeky needs.

    ugh, just kill yourself now Doug if this is the first comment

    @Cris (without an H):

    Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait

    This is a good idea though

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    Cassidy says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Not a comic book fan?

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    joel hanes says:

    Jon Talton’s “Rogue Columnist”

    and “Spocko’s Brain” has ended its hiatus

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Maybe I should go back to reading books? Nah.

    I don’t know anything about this guy or much about his blog. But I like the organizing principle of Rock n Roll urban myths. Caveat Blogtor.


    ETA: @BGinCHI: Media chauvanists in Lincolnland unite!

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I assume you already read Naked Capitalism daily because you couldn’t very well consider yourself knowledgeable about the United States if you didn’t

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    It is exactly goddamned because I like comix that I despise that site and every bit of SEO’d dross like it, Jesus Christ, “7 Videogame Politicians That Might as Well Run for President”

    Like I said, Tucker Stone or GTFO

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    Guster says:

    Not really a blog, but http://3bute.com/

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    Cassidy says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Ahhhh…you’re on of those.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    Yes, I am definitely one of those people who is not actively killing the form with what I consume, thank you for noticing

    For people who have a growing interest in comix instead of an interest in playing with little toy pony dolls from McDonald’s, I do of course recommend The Comics Journal in all its unwieldy glory

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    burnspbesq says:

    Economist’s View, Mark Thoma’s blog.


    Audiostream has become my go-to blog on topics related to computer audio.

    Steven Mejias, who writes for Stereophile, frequently posts on new music, and I’ve found several new records that I like based on his Recommendations

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    beltane says:

    Atrios must also be bored. He is currently bestowing the ultra-prestigious Wanker of the Decade Awards, and has declared McMegan Runner-up #9.

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    Cassidy says:

    @AA+ Bonds: If that’s what you want to call it. I was thinking humorless, comic snob, but YMMV.

    Not to say that’s wrong. Every culture needs its purists.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Among other blogs I read are

    Making Light http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/


    Yarn Harlot http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/


    ETA: Making Light uses disemvowelment on really bad trolls. They’ve had threads in the past where it’s the commenters against the troll(s) and half the comments lose their vowels. It can be great fun to read. (Although this hasn’t happened in a while.)

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    Berial says:

    Ars Technica, every day. Lots of good tech stuff and they cover copyright issues heavily.

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    Zach says:

    Ken Levine – MASH, Cheers TV Writer

    Less Wrong – A community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality

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    SpotWeld says:

    If you’d like a little comic geekery try “Less Tits N Ass, More Kickin Ass” http://lesstitsnass.tumblr.com

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @burnspbesq: Do you read http://balkin.blogspot.com/? Do you have an opinion on it?

    I say if you are right about the ACA decision, FP for a day. Carte blanche.

    If you are wrong…hmm. Going to have to thing about that. A day of listening to heavily compressed mp3 files of your favorite music?

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Jewish Steel: We have nothing to lose but our chains and our wifi signal!

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    Cheryl Rofer says:

    Nuclear Diner for all things nuclear.

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    mardam says:

    All of them, Katie. All of them.

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    nickgb says:

    Pimping my blog, Poison Your Mind (which I share with two other frequent BJ reader/commenter people).

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    Cassidy says:

    @AA+ Bonds: TR is more than just comics. It’s movies, gaming, anime, nostalgia for horrible things, tv shows, and all around nerdery with the occasional smattering of Brony. It’s a fun, little website with an interesting regular community and tries not to take anything too seriously except for the Michael Bay and George Lucas hate.

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    catclub says:

    @AA+ Bonds: “Like I said, Tucker Stone or GTFO”

    I guess I.F. Stone does not have a blog. Too bad. Hi Aimai!

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    Cassidy says:

    And just for AA+ Bonds. :D

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    Ben Franklin says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    When Volokh Conspriacy refer to themselves as VC, sometimes I default to
    ….Vichy Collaborators.

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    jayackroyd says:

    OK I’ll pimp.

    I’m pretty happy with these short segments we’re inserting at the bottom of the hour on some of our virtually speaking programs.


    Stuart’s most recent, Negotiation, is interesting, for instance, as is David Cay Johnston’s Sweden story.

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    catclub says:

    @AA+ Bonds: “because you couldn’t very well consider yourself knowledgeable about the United States if you didn’t”

    Unfortunately, there are probably LOTS of people ( me included) who might consider themselves such, but not actually _be_ knowledgeable.

    Maybe you mis-spelled “shouldn’t”

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    Culture of Truth says:

    It’s not a blog per se, but The New York Times has a cute website. I learned today it’s likely 750,000 people died in the Civil War.

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    Scott says:

    First Draft, the best blog that is somehow absent from the BJ blogroll…

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    redshirt says:

    Best dialectic on the Internet, 3 years running:

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    Phylllis says:

    Just discovered Ask A Manager. Good, common sense work and job-seeking advice. She’s a pretty good writer, to boot.

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    redshirt says:

    Let’s try again:

    Redshirt’s Lament

    That’s pimpin’, by the by.

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    JoyceH says:

    Did someone say pimp your blog?



    It’s not political, but there are pet pictures…

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    MattF says:

    I’d recommend (if you don’t already):

    jwz.org (Zeitgeist)
    University Diaries (Margaret Soltan, Perfessor of English)
    Language Log (Linguistics)
    In the Pipeline (Organic chemistry, note the topic ‘Won’t work with’ for explosive and/or smelly)
    Ian’s Shoelace Site (You’re doing it wrong)

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    danielx says:

    Stop the Spirit of Zossen 2.0

    The Bloggess

    The Epicurean Dealmaker

    Washington’s Blog

    Naked Capitalism

    live365.com Not a blog but for internet radio it’s excellent.

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    Wiesman says:

    Like Cassidy, I love ToplessRobot.com, which is (almost) totally SFW despite the name.

    I check out bonddad’s blog regularly so I can read a bunch of stuff I completely don’t understand and then skip to the last paragraph for something that I only slightly don’t understand about the economy.

    Charles Pierce, obviously.

    Penny Arcade, since I’m in the game industry.

    And yes, I have a blog too, with which I reach 15, sometimes 20 people in a single day. somedisagree.com

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Ben Franklin:

    Justice Kennedy. Strip search everyone?

    Well, that’s a deeply disingenous description of the holding, exactly what we’ve come to expect from you.

    The actual holding: visual, non-invasive strip search anyone who is being placed in the general population of a detention facility.

    Lying comes as naturally to you as breathing, doesn’t it?

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    Patricia Kayden says:


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    srv says:

    FDChief, great personal stories, great history, great pictures and visceral on politics and war (he’s backed off ranting for awhile, but I read the archives all the time)

    If you though ABL was angry, check out the Mormon Worker

    Economics, besides K-thug (who got in a big tiff with Minskyites in the last week and kind of went off the deep end), Rick Bookstaber

    He only posts once or twice a month, but he’s an SEC advisor and he explains why your world is never going to be the same.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Do you read http://balkin.blogspot.com/? Do you have an opinion on it?

    I do, daily, and I love it. I only wish Marty Lederman would post more often.

    If you are wrong…hmm. Going to have to thing about that. A day of listening to heavily compressed mp3 files of your favorite music?

    I’d rather die. Just put a 12-gauge in my ear and pull the trigger.

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    I used to read tens of blogs every day, and was a semi-regular commenter on the now-defunct Plastic. I think that nowadays we’re all talking about the same things, so the need to follow all those blogs might not be as strong as it once was. Also, a lot of the niche-interest blogs I used to follow have either gone inactive or got absorbed into other sites as folks got actual blogging careers.
    These days? Ritholz’ The Big Picture. BoingBoing. Ars Technica. Raw Story. Pandagon. I confess to checking in on Sullivan’s place at least once a day. TPM as my mainstream newsfeed. And, of course, this place.
    I sometimes write here when I need to ruminate on something in a longer form, but not very often.

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    Shinobi says:

    I really like a well written advice column:

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    Ben Franklin says:


    And so like you to excuse the potential for abuse, Segretti.

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    Scott says:

    Not Always Right is pretty good light reading, often both very funny and very infuriating…

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    Yutsano says:

    @Cassidy: Of course my brain goes right to a knockoff of 4chan. But 4chan hasn’t been just a geek blog for a very long time. They ARE the meme now. Plus the geek world is more than big enough to handle more than one blog.

    And I dare anyone to mock the genius of Lauren Faust. Any creator that allows “The Terminator” to be referenced in a show for girls and make it fit deserves to be recognized.

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    sparky says:

    in no particular order

    research blogging
    Scientific American blogs and otherwise
    Dandelion Salad
    whatever it is i’m against it

    sorry, forgot multiple links trip mod filter.

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    miserybob says:

    Mike the Mad Biologist.com – great science and education blogging. He always has great ‘links of the day’.

    Blog philosophy:
    “Helping idiots who desperately need my assistance by calling them fucking morons since 2004”

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    gogol's wife says:

    I wish James Wolcott were on the blogroll. He doesn’t post every day, and he hardly ever writes about politics, but when he does he’s hilarious. He’s almost always hilarious and interesting on any subject. And he promoted Bitsy to win the cutest dog contest!

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    Cassidy says:

    @Yutsano: What I like about TR is the self deprecation. It feels like Robot Chicken to me. The only thing consistent and visceral is the hate-on for Michael Bay. But, the other cool thing is the community. Every week, TR runs a contest and this past one was best/worst nerd dating story. I think the intent was to have some funny, slightly humiliating accounts of freaked out guys/girls by whomever’s particular obsession. Instead it turned into this really sweet recounting of how multiple people met someone randomly and “…we’ve been married (x) years.”. It was actually pretty cool.

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    Laertes says:

    It’s on the blogroll, but your blogroll is long: Fred Clark at Slacktivist http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/ is indispensable.

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    First, pimping:
    Knight of Nothing – various nonsense.

    Now, the good stuff:
    St Scobie’s Mock Whiskey – politics, family, Bay Area foibles, and labor law.

    Young Stranger – liberal, spiritual, gay, and Mormon.

    ClubOrlov – incisive political and economic essays.

    Sam Harris – he actually writes a pretty good blog.

    Lowering the Bar – huge time-suck! I can’t get enough of this guy.

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    bemused senior says:

    Calculated Risk, http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/

    Just the facts about the economy and the housing market.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Ben Franklin:

    excuse the potential for abuse

    Ben Franklin, continuing to make shit up. Show me where I said anything even remotely like that.

    Must be nice to be comfortable with utter disregard for truth. You’d make a good Republican with that attitude.

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    barath says:

    A friend and I have been writing about energy, environment, society, technology, and related topics for the past year or so at contraposition.org. It’s been fun, though a lot of the stuff we write about is pretty nerdy.

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    techno says:

    I think our blog on real economics is pretty good. I KNOW it’s a lot of work.

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    ChrisB says:

    Have you ever heard of a guy named Andrew Sullivan? He has some awards you might find amusing.

    More seriously, I’ll also recommend Balkinization on the Supreme Court and other legal matters.

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    Angry Egilsson says:

    You need to start reading volokh.com.

    It’s pseudo-intellectual and is the home of libertarian ideologues – and unfortunately they have had clear success spooning radical legal positions right up to the Supreme Court.

    The daily jolts of outrage you will experience from the dishonesty and breath-taking radicalism is like a narcotic.

    The more you read libertarians, the more you understand how amoral and despicable they are.

    Start raising cain in the comments, but they do ban people who are inconveniently shrill.

    Ultimately, they are partisan hacks.

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    Joe says:


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    Ben Franklin says:


    You’d make a good Republican with that attitude.

    Funny. That’s exactly my thought arising about your stealth politics, Segretti.

    An interesting projection. But, then, you are a USC lawyer.

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    barath says:

    @Angry Egilsson:

    The more you read libertarians, the more you understand how amoral and despicable they are.

    Just thought I’d share my favorite quote from Greer about libertarianism:

    What now passes under the name of libertarianism is a philosophy of privilege that could only look reasonable to people who are deliberately not paying attention to the benefits they get from the system they claim to despise.

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    Kevin says:


    A fun, irreverent writer who’s really talented.

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    Abo gato says:

    http://juanitajean.com/ always makes me laugh.

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    nickgb says:

    @Abo gato:
    Seconded, my mother (of all people) showed me Juanita Jean at Christmas and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it.

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    Barkley G says:

    You can stop by here for MEAN-SPIRITED commentary about wingers, now and again.

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    AlanDean says:

    I’ll second or third Balkinization by Jack Balkin and up the ante with:


    instead of Bad Astronomy. I also like Brilliant at Breakfast.

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    Tommy T says:

    Sorry – thought the link would embed.
    BAD blog-pimp! No cookie!


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    Bruce Baugh says:

    Hah! I had also planned to recommend Starts With A Bang, an astronomy blog with amazing illustrations and great extended friendly explanations of neat stuff.

    So i’ll send that, and add One Man And His Blog, a British business journalist’s ongoing coverage of the ways reporting, news corporations, and media opportunities online all interact. It’s like an informal trade journal of a still-emerging field.

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    negative 1 says:

    @Zach: Does anyone besides me remember when Ken Levine did color commentary for the Braves? It was right around 1990 (before they got good) and he was hysterical. It was like Bob Uecker in Major League, except for real.

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    mzrad says:

    On my blog, CentralCoastFoodie.com, we promote exceptional, sustainable food and drink from Santa Cruz to Ventura. We’re working on a piece about the Farm Bill and recently published a piece on food justice, as well as lots of posts about wine, whole food preparation, bicycling, eating your garden, and generally supporting your community through informed food/drink purchases.

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    I have tried to put together all of Ayn Rand’s anti-Christian material in one place in hopes of putting conservative Christians on the spot. “You can’t support both Jesus and Ayn Rand. You must choose.” Forward the link to all your Supply-Side Jesus worshiping friends. aynrandhatedjesus.blogspot.com

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    Some blogwhore I am. Working link, or just click my name


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    Blogwhore fail. Just click my name or click here:

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    Svensker says:

    You’re bored, too? I’m out of my mind bored. Have taken to mega book reading again.

    Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is fun, though.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Plug for my Atlanta friend’s blog about feral cats. It’s not updated super often, but it has a lot of pictures, videos and useful information. She and her partner have a clutch of indoor cats, and they have taken over “management” of a colony of feral cats in the woods behind their house. Successfully trapped and neutered all of them.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Are there any guitar or music (playing, not listening) blogs that you read or recommend?

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    Schlemizel says:

    @gocart mozart:
    Nice work – your poor brain. To have to wade into that fetid fever swamp, hope the PTSD is manageable.

    As for links, I’ll second the comic curmudgeon! also bad astronomy
    not a blog but often funny oddball cartoons Toothpaste For Dinner

    TNC if you are not reading him you are missing the only Atlantic blog worth reading

    Bartcop for some angry Dem spitballs

    Jesus General if for no other reason than the great emails he sends to wingnuts – he had a sooper-dooper one just yesterday

    Gizmodo is tech related but funny & weird

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    Schlemizel says:

    dang! forgot about the link limit – stuck in moderation hell

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    Dave Whitefield says:

    Not just because I was born in Texas and adored Molly Ivins (if you don’t know who she is, google her, you’ll love her), I love this one: Juanita Jean’s

    I also love this one: Under the Mountain Bunker

    And of course, Robert Reich’s:
    Robert Reich

    I’ve never posted on Balloon Juice before, so if I did something wrong, I apologize. I love Balloon Juice!



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    Henry Bayer says:

    nonpolitical escapism, allow several hours:

    http://www.retronaut.co/ (note .co, not .com)

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Steeplejack: Not to my knowledge. I’ll bet there are some good ones out there, but I’ve got my hands full, blogularly speaking, tracking Republican outrages and Democratic deviations.

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    secret dave says:

    Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

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    One more:

    Gnolls.org – a “die-biting-the-throat” take on human diet, nutritional science, and food politics.

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    rea says:

    Roar of the Tigers–Detroit Baseball for Strange People

    Amazing cartoonist deals with the Detroit Tigers. And how could anyone not want to see cartoons about the Detroit Tigers?

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    Desargues says:

    I’d like to recommend Hammer of the Blogs. He’s very funny, acerbic, and a great writer, full or insight. I check it out every day.

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    Bark Bark Woof Woof. It’s my blog, not a statement.

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    Joax says:

    Tired of flipping out about the state of affairs in El Norte? Check out life in one of the best places in Mexico, Oaxaca.

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    auntieeminaz says:

    Desert Beacon
    a High Desert Progressive

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    virag says:

    click my name. virag’s place.

    toxic stew. virtually spotless.

    mekons, yo la tengo, bikes, creeping doom.

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    Oscarbob says:

    Irreverent, atheist, funny, scathing ex-pat Canadian in Taiwan.

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    WereBear says:

    If anyone likes cats, The Way of Cats is made for you!

    We rescued a kitten at the age of three weeks, and he turned out to be the “Brad Pitt of cats.”

    Tristan loves my new Chromebook

    And if you don’t like cats: I have the occasional article which explains why. Hey, you can’t turn away from knowledge, can you?

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