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

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Archive for February, 2012

Claire Wolfe

This is creepy

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This just in from a reader who’s a frequent flyer. It’s creepy, even though it is voluntary. I have no words, so I’ll just let him tell it:

Hi Claire,

This is just too weird.

KLM will help singles hook up on flights between Amsterdam and New York, San Francisco and Sao Paulo. They call it “Meet and Seat.” The basic idea is that single travelers can browse the Facebook and LinkedIn pages of strangers booked on the same flight, and request a seat next to them.

I thought it was a joke until I went to the KLM website:

Be sure and watch the video, even if you have to lower your guards a bit. I’m pretty sure KLM servers are safe, although now I’ll wonder about the seats.

This is pretty weird. The destinations, conditions (single passenger bookings only), and advertising all suggest that male homosexuals are the primary target audience. There aren’t any images of women in the promotional video.

The privacy implications are pretty awful, but perhaps for the gay hookup crowd that’s not an issue.

Here’s a slice of libertopia served up for us both: large corporations promoting casual sex liaisons as a way to sell more airline seats. Oh, those Dutch.

Claire Wolfe

Two more from Jake

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Chapter 63 and

Chapter 64

Claire Wolfe

Wednesday miscellany

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Claire Wolfe

Is it a good sign or a bad sign …

Monday, February 27th, 2012

… that I just bought these at Wal-Mart?

#10 cans of Augason Farms freeze-dried and dehydrated food from Wal-Mart

The nearest Wal-Mart, in what passes for the local Big City, is one of the older, smaller ones. When I was there two weeks ago, they didn’t have any such thing as this. Then yesterday I got an excited email from a friend, saying she’d spotted a large — but diminishing — array of storage foods on Saturday.

Had to see for myself. Sure enough. They had everything from bulk buckets of oatmeal and wheat berries to #10 cans of fruits, vegetables, soup mixes, TVP, and more. “Had” is the operative word — as in “used to have.” The shelves were about half empty, with probably a quarter of the items (including, surprisingly, all the hard red winter wheat berries) completely sold out.

A clerk told me they’d been carrying these products for less than a week.

Prices were good, too — nearly $5 under Augason Farms’ own price on the apricots, nearly $3 under their price on the chili. And no shipping. This could be a great, painless way to build mid-term food storage. Just budget for a can or two every month.

Is your local Wal-Mart selling this stuff?

And back to the original question: Is it a good sign that prep-consciousness has now made it down to Wal-Mart level? Or is it a bad sign, that Mr. and Mrs. Average are scared enough — of who knows what? — to be stashing #10 cans and bulk-food buckets in their pantries?


ADDED: I should mention that there’s no large Mormon population in this area, nor is there any notable contingent of New Age earth-change/Maya apocalypse/Planet X/waiting-for-disaster believers that would prompt a middle-of-the-road store to lay in such a variety of storage foods. This particular store serves as stolid a working-class population as you could imagine.

Claire Wolfe

Big sale on at Paladin Press

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Paladin Press is having a big 29% off everything sale through March 6. Just enter the code LEAP at checkout.

If you use the link above, theoretically I’ll get a commission.

Claire Wolfe

Stratfor on the ATF

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Not verified. But this (.pdf), from the documents WikiLeaks just released, is a glossary of intelligence terms defined for Stratfor employees.

Check out what they say about the ATF:

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms. Rednecks with a license to kill. Never, ever, ever ask for their help on anything.

Claire Wolfe

A very big WikiLeak

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A big build-up. The cooperation of 25 worldwide media outlets. The hacking skills of Anonymous. A dramatic (and humorous) countdown. An announcement at midnight (GMT) and five million emails revealing how “private” intelligence service Stratfor and governments (not to mention Big Money and Big Media) work cooperate collude together.

I don’t know how significant this is going to be, but if the reality matches the build-up (a build-up that showed Twitter is definitely good for something besides timely Oscar buzz), big.

ADDED: And Anonymous has an announcement (semi-related) coming up in a few hours.

Claire Wolfe

Happy dog, moss graffiti, and the wisdom of bureaucrats

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

While we’re just goofing around on a rainy Sunday …

And speaking of rain, it’s often said that in the NorthWET climate, if you stand still too long, you’ll grow moss on your north side. In recognition of that, here’s a recipe for making moss graffiti. Really. Moss graffiti.

Both these finds are courtesy of S, who must have been in an unusually unserious mood.


Here’s another unintentional laugh from the NorthWET. Nothing to do with the climate this time; this one comes from government (that endless source of snorts and giggles). A reader writes to say:

The other day I got a renewal card from Oregon DMV, with new requirements for 2012. The most significant being the birth certificate; it must be gov issued. Hospital issued birth certificates are NOT acceptable.

I’ve never had a gov issued BC, so far as I know they weren’t issued in the 1st half of the last century. So I got on the net to see how I go about this. I can get one, but only if I swear in writing that I am me, with a notarized signature. Man, those ‘crats are sharp.

Claire Wolfe

The strange things you find on the Web

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Okay, so I was doing an image search for “frog eyes.” Yeah, maybe not the most common search. Not like looking for pictures of Justin Bieber or any random Kardashian. But when you’re doing art, sometimes you need to know these things.

And I ran across this:

Little girl and dog wearing crocheted hats with frog eyes

Uh, not exactly what I was looking for. But a must-see, all the same. It took me a little longer to find its original source — which is here. And contains even more adorable oddities.

And here we thought Joel’s Jayne Hat was as weird as it gets …

Oh. Also. For the same project, I searched on images of a cat about to be moved to a new home. And I discovered that when you seach on “cat carrier” you’ll get about 10,000 iterations of this oldie-and-not-so-goodie.

Claire Wolfe

Wyoming considers TS hitting TF

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

This is seriously interesting, considering the source.

But seriously, Wyoming, an aircraft carrier? And a military draft?

You Wyomegians — and I know there are a few who read this blog — are you sensing some tongues stuck in cheeks here?

(H/T Jesse Walker on Twitter.)

Claire Wolfe

You might be a libertarian if …

Friday, February 24th, 2012

… well, you know. :-)

(Wendy McElroy can be pretty funny when she takes off her Noted Intellectual cap.)

Claire Wolfe

Man in a kilt

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A couple of years ago, a young friend asked me to draw this picture of him. At the time, I just wasn’t up to it. Now — just ever-so-slightly belatedly — I’m making a start.

I like it so far. But since I’m now reaching the point where my next step is inevitably to ruin it, I thought I’d post the in-progress version for posterity. :-)

Young man wearing a kilt and carrying a rifle

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