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New Year's linkagery

Recently seen at Marginal Revolution:

A revisionist history of the Ivy League: they became what they are by cutting themselves loose from the states. Note that nobody considers Rutgers or William & Mary (owned by NJ and my Commonwealth respectively) to be on a par with Harvard & Yale.

The best and worst of 2009, per the Ukrainians.

Historical origins of fish & chips. This reminds me that I ought to motor over to US 1 and give some custom to the Arthur Treacher's there.

Weird correlations: Japanese kids who skip breakfast and hate their moms have sex younger.

Thomas Schelling examines why a world without nuclear weapons would suck. SF fans knew this already; there were a number of stories, most memorably Edwin Corley's The Jesus Factor, which explored the consequences of such a world. None of them were pleasant, and for me personally, I'd be out at least one friend, whose father would have gone into Tokyo Bay with the 31st Division for Operation Coronet.

Finally, if the Dead Kennedys were your kind of band, Jello Biafra has a new album out, The Audacity Of Hype. It's free to download at Amazon.