11/04/2011 11:03 pm ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup

Before you start digging through the links, something to ponder: can only prominent black conservatives be the victims of high-tech lynchings?

Could, say, MC Eiht be one too?

Anyhow, it's been awhile and there's a lot to read, so here ya go:

1. Matt Taibbi cuts through to the core of the OWS protests: "These guys on Wall Street are not winning - they're cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more."

2. To a certain kind of person, the only kind of lynching that matters is a "high-tech lynching." They should know better.

3. Renina at Crunk Feminist Collective takes on the Amber Cole controversy -- and some prominent writers' reaction to it. "While I can appreciate the sentiment of "Amber Cole is all of our daughters" there
is something profoundly patriarchal about this idea. What I am getting at here is, for me the issue is not whether or not Amber Cole is my sister or my daughter, the issue is when will black girls be seen as full human beings?"

4. Want to know what democracy looks like? Robert Reich says look to its birthplace. Prime Minister Papandreou will hold a national referendum on whether to accept IMF and Europe's bailout terms which include some severe austerity measure for the people of Greece. If Greece votes no, we may get a chance to see how things would have turned out if America was given the option to vote on the bank bail outs that we still aren't reaping today. (this wording is iffy for me at this hour, I will look at it tomorrow and give it another shot)

5. Speaking of Greece and Euro debt debacle though, everyone should be listening to NPR's Planet Money podcasts and reading the blog. They explain all kinds of complicated financial and economic issues in an entertaining and comprehensible way. Think of them as the This American Life of economics.

6. Megan McArdle at The Atlantic had a chart on shockingly low vaccinations in one school in San Francisco. The school has only 300 students, but 300 students who are mostly not vaccinated can create a hot bed of disease that is dangerous for the city as a whole.

7. Has the new Gmail been pissing you off? Most of the changes have been plastic but if you find yourself stumped on some of the "improved" features, CSMonitor has a helpful guide.

8. At GOOD magazine, Cord Jefferson talks about the "unholiness" of marriage, the KimKardash n Kris divorce, and why gay couples should have the right to "trivialize" marriage like the rest of us if they so choose.

9. "The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl" premiered their Halloween episode this past Monday. S*^t was scary alright, because it sucked. By far the worst offering from protag and webseries creator Issa Rae to date but to be fair, to have nine back-to-back episodes of pure hilarity is absurd goodness in the first place and the universe had to make it right somehow...right? right? For those who have no clue what I am talking about do yourself a favor and catch-up!

10. Don't miss this: Chris Rock was a guest on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast.

11. Over at Think Progress, Alyssa Rosenberg tries to make sense of the incoherent misogyny in Donald Glover's Childish Gambino project.

12. Amy Winehouse may be dead but that doesn't mean someone shouldn't profit from her hittin' the pipes...the vocal kind. The album, "Lioness," is slated to arrive just in time for Christmas and although it is mostly compiled of demos and rough cuts of already released songs I am sure it'll be a coveted item for many a stocking.

13. The Biebs faces a paternity suit and all we keep hearing in our heads is "Baby, Baby, Baby ooooo."

14. Even The Economist has noticed Chris Johnson's sub par performance this season.

15. Friend Of The Blog Gautham Nageshplans to step between the ropes and face down his fears. Maybe even risk that pretty nose he's grown fond of, too.

Feel free to share your own links, comment on the ones posted here or tell us -- especially me -- how awesome we are and how much you missed us in the comments section. Whatever floats your boat.

And have a great weekend. Roll Tide!

The is a collection of links from the entire PostBourgie family, and compiled and edited by J.D. Bell.

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