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

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Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  • This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
  • A social justice warrior has doubts about herself.
  • I’m no Rand Paul fan. But suing to stop the horrible FATCA law is a fine idea.
  • One good thing about the Greek crisis. If you’re in the market for a private island, you can now get a fire-sale price on one. Relatively speaking.
  • Are these the death throes of Flash? (H/T PT)
  • TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
  • Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
  • The fedgov’s new attempt to ban tech speech about firearms appears to be an attempt to slap Defense Distributed for getting uppity.
  • But attacks on free speech are getting more ominous — and sometimes more stupid — by the minute. Thank you, Ken White, for revealing this outrage.
  • Another good commentary on the subpoena served on Reason.
  • Intellectuals: Leviathan’s Praetorian Guard.
  • Thanks to a recent WSJ editorial, the world seems to have awakened to the fact that social “science” is little more than an intellectual justification of liberalism. Big debate now going on. Cameron of The Passive Habit agrees, but calls it unintentional.
  • Why everything we “know” about nutrition (via government sources) is wrong.
  • Christopher Lee: Alive or dead? Dead at 93, it seems. What a loss … but what a life he lived and how many great movie moments he gave us!
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, June 5th, 2015
  • PayPal wants to have a little robo-chat with you. (H/T MJR)
  • This one’s weird. Turns out there could be a correlation — no known causation, but an enormous correlation — between using painkillers and committing homicide. Even ordinary OTC products like ibuprofen (Gotta be some anomaly in that study. Gotta be.)
  • Don’t let the Wookie win when the Wookie is brute superstition.
  • Sacred Rage. “It would be foolish indeed for a government that has lost a string of wars in “backward” foreign lands to think, even with its military and police power and surveillance apparatus, that it could suppress an eruption among a substantial portion of its own well-armed and technologically enfranchised citizenry.” (H/T LS)
  • Congress goes on a vote-a-thon to protect the burgeoning cannabis industry and slap the DEA. (Much though I fear that the sudden fed enthusiasm for Demon Weed is just part of the bread and circuses effort, I still have to say I like and am amazed by it.)
  • Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook. Her husband died a month ago in a freak accident while they were vacationing. She writes: “Until now, I have been the older sister, the COO, the doer and the planner. I did not plan this, and when it happened, I was not capable of doing much of anything. Those closest to me took over. They planned. They arranged.”
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • Another terrific one from Ken at Popehat. How to spot (and counter) covert advocacy of censorship.
  • I’ve never downloaded anything from a torrent site. I’m against any form of piracy that deprives creators of the rewards they’ve earned. Still … The Pirate Bay has panache.
  • The usual anti-gun and “hate group” suspects band together to promote ballots over bullets. Um, yeah. Good luck with those ballots when you’re being threatened by thug government.
  • The liberation of Dachau and the righteous rage of the liberators.
  • “Oh, my gold!” Yet another company tries to do what egold did. (The poster says BitGold isn’t available to U.S. residents; I poked around the BitGold site and didn’t see anything about that. But I don’t doubt that avoiding all U.S. entanglements is a good start on surviving in this kind of business. Never mind that it would take a huge chunk out of your market.) (H/T Y.B.)

If you’re not up on your Internet memes, this new Delta Airlines safety video will leave you going “HUH???” If you are a meme-ista, see how many you can spot. (Hint: They’re listed behind the “see more” link.)

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
  • Find a hidden treasure at auction. Give it back. You’re a better man than I.
  • It’s a bad idea, but a provocative thought experiment. “What if, just for a change of pace, it was the opponents of free speech whose ideas were deemed hateful?”
  • Though the lede is about investing in the new cannabis industry, the most fascinatingly weird part is about the work being done in laboratories to isolate (then market) product with specific properties.
  • So we know birds came from dinosaurs. Now scientists have taken chicken embryos part of the way back. Honest, I thought it was The Onion at first and not the BBC. And no, that “photo” of a sharp-toothed chicken at the top isn’t real; the scientists aren’t hatching any of their embryos at present.
  • It’s a $9 chip. It’s a computer, complete with browser and apps. (H/T MJR)
  • Worker fired for disabling an app that let her boss track employees 24 hours a day. The creepitude just gets creepier all the time. (Via Jerry the Geek.)
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, May 8th, 2015
  • You know those famous electronic billboards in Times Square? LOL, the feds apparently demanded NYC take them all down. “Highway beautification,” you know. Then just that quickly, they denied making the demand. But turns out the signs are in violation of fedlaw. Governing highways. To paraphrase Kipling, “… if once you have paid him the taken his Dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane.”
  • Like Pamela Geller or loathe her, she has a point. One might wish the current crop of liberal authoritarians had as good a grasp on the meaning of free speech.
  • Sigh. Didja ever think you’d see the day when people would be moronic enough not only to v*te with their sex organs — but boast about it?
  • I saw a guy today in our little tienda Mexicana wearing this tee-shirt. Got a big laugh — though I suppose my Irish ancestors didn’t.
  • Cody Wilson is suing the State Department on First Amendment grounds for “preempting” him from posting Liberator pistol plans online. He’s got Alan Gura on his side. And SAF doing the only thing it’s actually good for.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand put a kitten in a blender. No, seriously, you need to read this.
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
  • I’m not sure why libraries are installing 3D printers. Implications could be intriguing. (H/T Pat)
  • Ancient DNA is telling us we’ve been all mixed up much more than previously supposed.
  • Garland, Paris, Charlie Hebdo and dangerous myths. Well done. Garry Trudeau should be ashamed.
  • The question Joss Whedon keeps asking. (I’m not sure that’s the question at all; interesting article anyhow.)
  • Overkill on medical testing and procedures. When I saw the headline I suspected another creepy Emanuelesque justification of diminishing medical care. This is the genuine good stuff, though.
  • She suffered through cancer. Then she designed the cards she would have liked to have gotten from friends and family.
Claire Wolfe

Ken at Popehat hits (another) one out of the park

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

“‘Safe Spaces’ and the Mote in America’s Eye.”

For some time I’ve been mean to university students who feel entitled to a “safe space” — by which they seem to mean a space where they are insulated from ideas they don’t like.

I call these young people out for valuing illusory and subjective safety over liberty. I accuse them of accepting that speech is “harmful” without logic or proof. I mock them for not grasping that universities are supposed to be places of open inquiry. I condemn them for not being critical about the difference between nasty speech and nasty actions, and for thinking they have a right not to be offended. I belittle them for abandoning fundamental American values.

But recently a question occurred to me: where, exactly, do I think these young people should have learned the values that I expect them to uphold?

More at the link.

(Via Tam.)

Claire Wolfe

Being a freelance writer is sometimes a wonderful pain in the butt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Been feeling distracted and tired lately. Concerned about money. Not “OMG, how will I keep the lights on?” money issues. More like “How do I juggle all this?” It’s temporary (vehicle repairs, taxes) and I’m not asking anything from anybody. Everything is fine. Just know that right now I feel muzzy-headed, unclear on many of life’s little details, as if I want to crawl back in bed by 9:00 a.m., and for some reason also ravenous for protein. Preferably protein saturated in honey and brown sugar (so it’s a good thing I made beef jerky the other day, yes?)

Anyhow, I don’t have much for you right now, so I thought I’d just share a little email exchange from the weekend. It’s the kind of communication that should make you glad you didn’t opt for a career as a freelance writer.

Background: I wrote a S.W.A.T. magazine article asking, “Do we have a right to rebellion?” The article isn’t online, but basically I was answering that statist eejit Paul Begala’s multi-idiocy remarks from earlier this year. Then some “expert” answered me.

Before I get to the exchange itself, I’ll acknowledge that, yes, I’m well aware that some readers here deny that any such things as rights exist. Consider your point to be noted in advance. We have a right to differ. :-) But my position in the article was that we damn well do have a right to rebellion, Mr. Begala to the contrary.

For the rest of you who consider discussions of the nature of rights meaningful, on to the exchange.

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Claire Wolfe

Monday miscellany

Monday, April 13th, 2015
  • Ban the trebuchet! (And while you’re at it, tell that writer that 1895 wasn’t “medieval.”) H/T MJR
  • Princeton opts for insensitivity discursive rape hurting people’s itty-bitty widdle feewings free speech and free thought. And does it for the right reasons.
  • Seattle. Cops. Humanity. Hm. We’ll see how this works out
  • I used to know a fair bit about the pre-WWII history of aviation. I could have bored you silly with tales of how Henri Coanda almost invented a jet plane in 1910 and how Jacqueline Cochran won the Bendix Race. But I never knew this.
  • It’s touching that after all they put him through that original whistleblower cop Frank Serpico still has such hope for justice. (And it certainly is a good sign that the worst gangsters are finally starting to be fired and charged with felonies rather than being rewarded with paid vacations and excuses.)
  • Beaten up by thugs. Then clobbered again by insurance companies and bad federal law.
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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