Friday Free-for-All: November 5

Time for your Friday-morning link round-up — but first, a public service announcement: Don’t forget to set your clocks back tomorrow night! Also, today is Guy Fawkes Day. Please don’t go blowing up any government buildings. Thanks.

On to the links:

  • Forbes names Pope Benedict the fifth most powerful person in the world, just behind Vladimir Putin. It’s gotta be the Swiss Guard.
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  • Woman who had a complaint filed against her for advertising for a Christian roommate at her church has had the case dismissed by Housing and Urban Development.
  • An interesting Time article on the emerging field of “fetal origins,” which claims that “the nine months of gestation constitute the most consequential period of our lives,” with “the conditions we encounter in utero . . . [shaping] our susceptibility to disease, our appetite and metabolism, our intelligence and temperament.”
  • The BBC’s complete archive of “In Their Own Words” — their interviews with famous British novelists over the years, asking them about their work — is now available online. There is a ridiculous treasure trove here (some of the interviews are not only audio but video), but I had to start with this interview with P. G. Wodehouse.  
  • Listen, I love bacon, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
  • A video tour of Six Flags New Orleans, which was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. Creepy.

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    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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