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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Claire | Comments Off

STICKIED. Scroll down for newer posts.

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Thursday links

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Claire | 8 Comments »
  • Ha! There’s some nice road-rage poetic justice for ya.
  • The pink police state. How the country becomes more authoritarian and rule-bound at the same time some personal behaviors become more “allowed.”
  • Another scientific study that proves what’s blatantly obvious to dog people: dogs get jealous. (HRH Princess Ava Prettypaws has spent her whole life trying to insert herself between me and any other critter I ever pay attention to.)
  • Radley Balko on victim disarmament and race. I’m so glad to see Radley’s vital work in the Washington Post.
  • Aw, do poo widdle senator. Him suffering so much him dust had to plagiarize. Him dust couldn’t help him widdle self. Yeah. I’m sure “mistakes were made,” too, and he never intended to “give the appearance of wrongdoing.”
  • How to invent a person online.
  • You may have heard that Maryland-based Beretta, which had planned to expand into Tennessee, decided instead to move all its manufacturing there after Maryland passed bad gun laws. Better than that, even. In looking for a new location, Beretta explicitly rejected West Virginia because of Joe Manchin.

Canvas fingerprinting and evercookies: something new to beware of

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Claire | 8 Comments »

You may have been hearing about it since yesterday: the new way of profiling your computer (and, with enough other data, you) without leaving either traditional cookies or flash cookies on your system.

Those cookies you can get rid of. The new “evercookie” you can’t even see — although your own system created it on orders from a site or sites you visited.

The underlying technique is “canvas fingerprinting.” Here’s some not-too-geeky info on how it works.

Using TOR apparently helps, but not completely. Firefox’s wonderful NoScript add-on does the trick. It prevents a nasty little company called AddThis from executing its scripts on your device. However, I’m not clear whether other sites you’ve previously marked as trusted can execute the same script on you even if you’ve blocked AddThis.

Lots of big sites are using the evercookie technology. They then sell the info to advertisers — apparently even if you’ve set all kinds of “do not tracks” and opt outs. Some sites (Hey, we’re talking to you, WhiteHouse.gov!) use the technology counter to their own stated privacy policies. Yes, they’re lying to you. What a shock, eh?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has developed a countermeasure called Privacy Badger and is asking people to help them test it. They also recommend Disconnect as another possible method.

Of course, we know by now that merely having privacy settings on your computer makes you suspect. And we know that you can create your own unique fingerprint merely by having privacy software and settings, using non-standard browsers, etc.

Still … just one more thing to know about beware of.

Geeks, please chime in if you have better info.

(H/T JG)

Wednesday links

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Claire | 12 Comments »
  • “I know where your cat has been.” Yes, even your cat pictures aren’t safe from Internet snoopers.
  • It’s time for conservatives to stop defending the police. Actually, it’s way, way, way past time. But the article is still a good beginning. (H/T Sipsey Street)
  • Sometimes early birds are too early. But ohboy do I understand wanting to “pick up the bucket” just to cross it off the to-do list.
  • That was a monster body blow Obamacare took yesterday. Not likely to be fatal, though we can hope.
  • I don’t know who did it or why. But the elaborate white-flag operation atop the Brooklyn Bridge is sure proof that monkeywrenching is alive and well even in the age of omni-surveillance.
  • Oh yes. “Gun control.” It’s always going to be soooooo very effective.
  • Be forewarned, this is slightly NSFW and a little raw for BHM. But funny. Very funny.

Slow brain and harbingers of things to come for my beloved doggie

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Claire | 16 Comments »

I don’t know if it was the weather (muggy and overcast) or lack of rest (waking at 2:00 a.m. and not going back to sleep), but over the weekend I was useless. I couldn’t move myself to do the simplest task. Anything requiring actual thought was out of the question.

Then yesterday morning it was as if somebody hit a switch. I zipped, roared, zoomed, and accomplished stuff all day.

So much for energetic days, though.

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Monday links

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Claire | 16 Comments »

How the calamities of a long-ago century helped us gain our freedoms

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Claire | 18 Comments »

I go on at great length about seventeenth-century England. But trust me, it’s relevant. Even interesting. And it’s got to do with how we came by our gun rights and why we’ll keep them if we’re wise and worthy.

Friday Freedom Question: What would be on your “mixtape”?

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Claire | 25 Comments »

Via jed: Artist sends the National Spy Agency a super-encrypted “mixtape.”

So why would Huerta create a mixtape no one else could open? Well for one, there’s no worry that someday he’ll regret sending our nation’s protectors a whole bunch of mushy love songs that will sound really, really cheesy 10 years from now. Oh, and there’s this, which he posted on his Medium blog: “The NSA can read my stupid Facebook updates but without my consent it will never be able to listen to my kick-ass mix tape, even if it’s sitting right in front of them.”

Actually, that simplifies things a little too much. Huerta explains in the same post that he was inspired to create his art statement because he has “[bleep] feelings about mass surveillance, and they are not warm and fuzzy. To take the Internet, which I grew up with so much hope for in being so much more free than the world I physically occupied and turn it into a panopticon brings out the tortured artist in me; I can’t help but respond.”

So the mixtape, which he says “contains a soundtrack for the modern surveillance state” is his response. It’s basically a giant “na-na-na-pooh-pooh” (my words, not his) to the NSA and a musical tribute to documentary filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras and lawyer-journalist Glenn Greenwald, both of published news stories based on NSA documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden. It’s also “a reminder that the rules of mathematics are more powerful than the rules of even the most powerful states,” says Huerta.

So what would be on your freedomista mixtape?

P.S. Hope he’s right about the security of his encryption — even if there’s nothing on the “tape” but bad renditions of “Dancing Queen” and “Lady in Red.” Wouldn’t count on it, though.

Midweek links

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Claire | 25 Comments »

Of mostly more-or-less good news this time.

Okay, and now back to the more usual ranting.

  • So let me get this straight. She’ll be drawn and written by guys and she’ll have the standard, obligatory gigantic plasticy-looking boobs, without which no female is allowed to enter the action comics/movie universe. But turning an ancient Norse god, who’s been male for thousands of years, into a woman is supposed to be liberating for girls … how??? And why not just create a character based on any of the kickass goddesses already available? (This is quite a different thing than the also PC claim that Captain America will now be black. First of all, the claim is misleading. Second, the Capt is Marvel’s creation and they can do whatever they want with him. But Thor? A woman?)
  • Big Brother is behind the times. I read the whole article waiting for this quote, which duly appeared: “‘If we have another 9/11, the people who hear about it through an EAS message are going to be the last to know,’ he said. ‘By the time you hear that annoying “buzz” sound on the radio, all your friends will have tweeted about it.”

Anybody have any idea …?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Claire | 16 Comments »

… what these are? Or more pertinently, how they were originally used?

They’re tin and appear to be of a kind and vintage with old stamped metal ceilings. I picked up a baggie full of them at a thrift store yesterday for $1.50 and despite what I said about using only items already on hand, I think they’ll have a place in my funky table project. I see gold spray paint in their future.

But I’m curious about their history and purpose.

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Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Claire | 10 Comments »
  • Honesty is the best policy will screw up your life. When what you’re being honest about is firearms. Powerfully sad article from Nicki Kenyon at JPFO.
  • The above is also an example of what can happen when you entrust government with your rights. So is this. Activist, denied “shall-issue” carry permit, needs help fighting back. (H/T MWD)
  • Target security officer spots shoplifter. Takes standard action. Turns out shoplifter is a cop. Guess who gets fired?
  • Carjacker forces way into vehicle with gun. Intended victim grabs it and shoots him. (This is also a case of another carjacker flummoxed by a stick shift. Gadzooks, you’d think if you’re going to steal vehicles you’d at least learn to drive them.) (H/T New Jovian Thunderbolt)
  • The curious case of passive voice in reports of police shootings. Radley Balko says what has long needed saying.
  • Former cop confirms what the Living Freedom Collective said in Rats!, the anti-snitch book.
  • Eighteen things highly creative people do differently.

Monday links

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Claire | 11 Comments »

Basketweaving, leather tooling, drugs and other therapies for staying sane

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Claire | 6 Comments »

Ah, the good old days at the Funny Farm. But that’s another story. No basketweaving, these days. No therapeutic leather tooling. No drugs (damn)! But I did spend this weekend on other mental-health therapies.

To wit …

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