- I like Ross Douthat. In this day of screaming absolutes he always has a nuanced take on things. But even he says that the current campus crisis is something U.S. universities deserve.
- And if anybody had doubts about what a bunch of whiny brats those “oppressed” university students at Mizzou are, check out their reactions to the slaughter in Paris. Whaaaaaa-waaaaa, nobody’s paying attention to US! Will the little narcissists ever feel shame?
- Meanwhile at Yale the social justice pecksniffs protest a free-speech panel.
- Australia is going to try out a hip, cool, and groovy cloud-based virtual passport system. Think the problem of lost passports is bad? Wait till you’ve experienced the airport joy of “the Internet is down” or “we don’t find you in our database” or “we’ve just been hacked.”
- Okay, I get that paid patriotism is despicable. But why dump on the sports teams and not on the paying Pentagon? (H/T jed)
- Have a Google account? Here’s how to see what they’re sharing about you. And how to change some of it. A nice nod in the direction of privacy. Nowhere near enough, but something.
- The TOR Project accuses a university of selling us out for big fed bux. (Keep in mind that this allegation is unproven at this point.)
- Inside the world’s largest “apocalypse shelter.”
- Adolescent uses mom’s gun to eliminate a burglar from the gene pool.
- Speaking of adolescents and criminals, remember the Barefoot Bandit? Though in his case crime doesn’t pay, in fact 20th Century Fox is paying most of his restitution.
- We may not have flying cars, but we’ve now got personal jet packs! (Via S. who says, “I want.”)
- Finally, have a look at a group you might not have known even existed: jailers for Jesus.
Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category
- Doxing: yet another reason for privacy.
- OTOH, it’s so entertaining when one corrupt politician decides to take revenge by outing a bunch of others.
- Fourteen strange but true facts from tech history.
- “What we owe the MythBusters.” A renewed interest in and understanding of the scientific method.
- Two traits of lasting relationships.
Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part IIWednesday, November 4th, 2015
Take driverless cars, for instance. If we were in a less tech-perilous, tyranny-seeking time, I think most of us would be excited about them.
You and I may be skeptical about a specific new technology, but we tend not to be technophobes. We’re not ones who reject the new out of hand. We may not want to buy the first flying cars or be on the first ship to colonize Mars or the Moon, but we probably have friends who do want to and maybe even know a few who will. We jumped on computers years ahead of the average and were getting acquainted on BBSes before the Worldwide Web tempted slower adopters in.
So no, we don’t innately distrust tech.
I’m reading — rereading, actually — the excellent book Isaac’s Storm, about the Galveston hurricane of 1900.
One hundred and fifteen years later this remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. By a long margin. The San Francisco earthquake? The Chicago fire? The Great Peshtigo fire?* The Johnstown flood? The eruption of Mt. St. Helens? Hurricane Katrina? Forget them. All small potatoes when compared with what befell the people of Galveston.
Just now. 74 to 21.
I posted about Orwell, Rand, and CISA last week.
The data in question would come from private industry, which mines everything from credit card statements to prescription drug purchase records to target advertising and tweak product lines. Indeed, much of it is detailed financial and health information the government has never had access to in any form. The bill’s proponents said the data would be “anonymized”.
Cisa would create a program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through which corporations could share user data in bulk with several US government agencies. In exchange for participating, the companies would receive complete immunity from Freedom of Information Act requests and regulatory action relating to the data they share. DHS would then share the information throughout the government.
Well. All I can say is thank heaven those freedom-loving small-government Republicans are saving us from the excesses of those Eeeeevil big-government Democrats. Whatever would we do without them?
So … a gigantic Sunday morning linkathon …
- The technology is ancient. Mark Twain knew all about it. But making gunpowder with urine is taking the gun blogs by storm. Smoky black powder it’ll be. But one more way that all the self-righteous bans in the world won’t end firearms.
- We all know not to talk to cops, but in a moment of surprise and stress, the temptation to “cooperate” is enormous. The astute Ken White explains the WHY of things in a way that might help us zip our lips.
- The Motley Fool test drives an Elio.
- Another way Oregon did its pot legalization better than Washington: a reprieve for past offenders.
- And even in benighted Massachusetts a judge tells cops they can’t stop drivers for pot alone.
- Eeeeeew. Another government-aided environmental mess
- Ray Bradbury, Epictetus, and the real reason we should quit coddling every weak, fainting, “offended” soul.
- Hillary vs FOIA.
- White House considered disguising malware as updates. Heck, what else is new? In this era of forced cloud computing Microsoft does that routinely.
- Student studying counterterrorism gets questioned by school security for … um, reading a book about terrorism.
- Can you really “create a public disturbance” that only you and the cop involved can hear?
- Netflix knows the exact moment you get hooked on a streaming series. (But they can’t tell when I watch my Orange is the New Black DVDs with the Internet connection disabled!)
- You are committing a crime. Right now. By reading this page. Really. (H/T MJR)
- This is from earlier this year, but the message is timeless. Always, always trust your dog’s impressions of people.
- Google’s driverless cars are programmed to obey all traffic rules. But oops, the people they attempt to navigate among … not so much.
- Yeah, you already know it, but Heather Wilhelm says it well: D.C. is America’s biggest busybody neighbor.
- Seems the big food companies suddenly like Michelle Obama now that they’ve figured out whole grain and low-fat junk foods are bringing in the profits. Yet another example of entirely predictable unintended consequences. And here you thought the kiddies were going to be getting fresh, wholesome veggies.
Finally: Are you on the verge of a mental breakdown? Job getting you down? Relationships going sour? Longing forward to the Apocalypse just to have something interesting to do? Well, then, this just might be the prescription for what ails you.
And I say that despite my notorious distaste for the stuff. Can’t say I agree with the “non-harmful” claim, though. Not. At. All. (H/T MJR)
This oughta keep you busy for a while. Major hat tip to faithful contributor MJR, who went on a link-hunting tear this week.
- Now this is funny. How North Korea is handling shooting range budget cuts.
- Over at TZP, Nicki and Y.B. write about a pair of killers and their enablers. Y.B.’s “A Traditional Young Man” and Nicki’s “A Shooting in Virginia.” (Please support TZP with your memberships and store purchases!)
- Taxpayers sue the IRS for allowing hackers to grab their info.
- Charming. How to age gracefully.
- The agony of introvert writers in a world where writing has become a social occupation. (H/T JB)
- And along those same lines: “If you don’t share this immediately the entire world will explode.”
- Another confirmation that being neurotic leads to being creative.
- The National Cancer Institute (a .gov operation), finally admits that cannabis can kill cancer cells.
- It’s not surprising, but so pathetic. Data analysis proves what the hackers claimed and everyone should have suspected: There were almost no women using Ashley Madison.
- I have an email out to Stewart Rhodes to learn more about this Oath Keepers controversy. Frankly, stopping this march by black gun owners in Ferguson doesn’t sound like something Oath Keepers would do.
- Forgotten history: In 1863 there was an effort to organize sleeper cells against the tyrant Lincoln for his destruction of the Constitution and operation of a giant (for the times) surveillance network.
- Cash itself is now a barbarous relic — says the Financial Times, speaking on behalf of governments everywhere.
- The long, slow death of the rule of law.
- How the eruption of Mt. Tambora darkened the world but colored the arts.
- Hysterical. When people were asked to come up with a single word to describe each of three prominent political candidates, the result was singularly unflattering.
- You may know or have guessed some of this already, but it’s fascinating in any case: How did early explorers, with their primitive means, find small islands amid very big oceans?
- Awwwwww. Puppy does pushups.
- Finally, here’s a free ebook download for you from Sparks31 on modern survivalism and communications for III-percenters. I haven’t read this yet, but looks interesting. Donations or other useful actions suggested in exchange.
- This cop is a shapeshifter! And he and his cohorts are liars and manipulators.
- This article is nominally about millions being about to lose their Obamacare subsidies. But the most intriguing part is how many people aren’t filing their tax returns.
- The war on walking?
- Personally, I think all these busybodies who are so worried about every little thing being “cultural appropriation” should quit speaking English. After all, our language has been appropriating words from other cultures at a furious pace for thousands of years. Our culture would be considerably improved if the “appropriation” yakkers stuck to speaking pure Anglo-Saxon.
- While I don’t agree with every word of this, her core argument does make sense. But excess license can produce twists similar to excess repression, too.
- Fascinating. New research suggests it’s not the loss of memory, but the loss of moral compass that defines the worst loss of self to dementia.
- Why is Windows 10 checking users’ systems for pirated non-Microsoft software and games? Who is Microsoft’s product really serving?
Finally, from Mike Vanderboegh:
Which joins the one Joel is so fond of:
- Prisons and the reading matter they prohibit.
- $15 minimum wage: The Tony Soprano Enabling Act.
- Well. That’s yet another reason not to go to movie theaters. (H/T LA)
- Another puppycide by cop. Another example of sociopathic contempt for life, including human life. This in the City of Brotherly Love.
- Any maroon who’d sign up with an adultery website, handing over all manner of personal details in the process, is probably dumb enough to deserve this. And it’s yet another opportunity to snicker at that ubiquitous commercial Christian, Josh Duggar. (Less amusing is that some in their faction would prefer to blame and punish Duggar’s wife while being more inclined to forgive him.)
- Jeez, I no sooner finish an article about H.P. Lovecraft than I open one about racks of skulls in an Aztec temple.
- Seems the EPA’s Colorado spill wasn’t its first this year.
- 10 reasons (not just privacy concerns) not to switch to Windows 10.
- What to do the next time government gives you nutrition advice.
- This is some pretty darned despicable advice, too. But a great attitude if you want to live comfortably in a police state.
- “Daddy, did you save the razorback sucker?” (What you’re not going to hear an Obama daughter (allegedly) say.)
- “It’s time to build the private web.” Tone’s a bit statist. Concept is right on.
- John Mackey of Whole Foods on why intellectuals hate free markets.
- Windows 10 is spyware pure and simple — even when you think you’ve turned off some of its most intrusive features. Here’s another recommendation for Linux Mint that actually makes “going Linux” seem simple. (And that’s because, generally, it is when you choose Mint.)
- Here’s a amazing WWII dog story. And here’s the rest of her life’s tale.
- Snitches may get some well-deserved stitches. But you’re gonna love this snitch anyhow.
- Seems pot may not warp teenagers’ brains or bodies after all. Now, high school on the other hand …
- Two good ones via Irons in the Fire: 14-year-old girl blows away a popular, agenda-driven distortion of history. And OMG, those pot-munching California cops who raided that dispensary and indulged in its product are now claiming that the video of them chowing down shouldn’t be used in the investigation — because they had an “expectation of privacy” after thinking they’d disabled all the shop’s cameras. (Pigs in more senses than one.)
- There’s been a lot of media yakkety-yak lately about patterns of speech that are supposedly making women sound weak and losing them credibility in the big, hard, tough workplace. Alexandra Petri has an answer to those who want women to change how they talk: “13 Tips on How to Speak While Female.” Or not. :-)
- People share the first and last photos of their pets. Get your hankie ready.