Critical Linking: December 14, 2013

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes a surprise appearance on Beyoncé’s latest album, released on iTunes this morning, declaiming: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls ‘You can have ambition, but not too much’.”

Nice.

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Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming’s James Bond books and tabulating how many drinks the suave spy drank a day. Their conclusion? Even just steadying his Walther PPK might have been difficult for Bond.

In the books, he drinks six to seven drinks per day. You wouldn’t even get me to put on my pants properly at that point.

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Federal Judge Jed Rakoff has dismissed a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six publishers that alleged a murky conspiracy to restrain trade via Amazon’s use of proprietary DRM in its Kindle e-reading platform. In his 18-page decision tossing the suit, Rakoff found that the booksellers’ core claim—that the publishers had engaged in a conspiracy with Amazon to keep rivals from selling e-books on the Kindle—had no supporting evidence, and no plausible motive.

I guess something being possible or even likely doesn’t make it proven.

 

 

 

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