A handful of links and two (longish) videos for your Friday and weekend pleasure:
- Nano-material stops bullets? This I’d like to see. (H/T PT)
- Among all the other laughs of the Petraeus scandal is the scandalously flawed method the lovers used to hide their email correspondence. (And this guy was the nation’s top intelligence officer?) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has analysis and advice. So does the ACLU. (Tip o’ hat to JG) It’s pretty amazing what the FBI went through to trace emails that probably weren’t even illegal — and the kind of data they had fingertip access to (e.g. hotel guest registers).
- The five ballsiest double-crosses ever.
- So. Now we know what it takes for a cop to get an unpaid vacation (but still not get fired).
Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress (source)
And here’s 1984 talk by the late, great Karl Hess — speechwriter, philosopher, tax resister, welder, and cabinetmaker — on the role of communities in freedom (with thanks to R for the find).
When I was growing as a libertarian, nobody influenced me as much as Hess (though it’s hard to say in retrospect how much was influence and how much was simply recognizing spiritual kinship). The thing that set him apart from other early-modern freedom movement greats was that he put the emphasis on living everything he preached, even when it made for a precarious & perilous existence.
The above speech isn’t great oratory, but he was a great man.