That’s it for today, folks, pardon me running a bit late. See you tomorrow for some Christmas pre-gaming. It’ll be lite blogging tomorrow, but you just might see a quick Ed Kilgore appearance if you’ve been extra good this year. Until then, here are some links from around the web:

1. Dean Baker outlines how government acts to promote inequality.

2. Fine essay about the l’affaire Sacco, justified outrage, and Twitter activism.

3. Right whales going the wrong way?

4. The unemployed have some Festivus grievances with Rand Paul.

5. RIP Mr. Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47. I’ve shot one of those, a semi-auto version. The ammo came wrapped in little wax paper bundles tied up with twine. It was extremely inaccurate.

And, whoa:

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