- 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!
Archive for the ‘Free speech’ Category
- Failing direct means, this is typical of how the ‘crat class will
try tocurtail firearms. And, of course, free speech.
- OTOH, sometimes in their zeal to control they squeeze so hard that … well, you know how that works.
- TSA: there’s just no excuse for the groping any more.
- Edward Snowden is cautiously optimistic.
- Man. Talk about fangrrl journalism. “Why Beau Biden’s death is devastating to the entire country.”
- How come nobody ever told Jesus that a $65 million jet was absolutely necessary to spread his word?
- So you already know that the FBI is creates most domestic terrorist plots. Here’s some insight into the pathetic and painful HOW of the matter. (H/T LA) (Transcript here.)
- Caitlyn the dog is doing way better than anyone hoped when she was found with her mouth tightly taped shut. The creep who did it to her has apparently been arrested.
- 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.”
- “How Baltimore Became Pottersville.” Bovard riffs on the glories of HUD.
- Why Mozilla’s decision to attempt to push all sites from http to https could be a disastrous mistake. (H/T jed)
- Perfect example of fake “science” to support an agenda. But in the “science works” department, the apparent fraud was discovered by other researchers. Discovered a little late, but …
- Cumulative stress, chronic pain, dealing wisely with it, and being free. (Tip o’ hat to SC)
- Good piece on free speech and attempts on the left to suppress it. Fortunately (if belatedly) outrage against censorship is also starting to arise from the left. (H/T MJR)
- Who knew bears liked coffee? (Also MJR)
- Chris Pratt (aka Star-Lord) apologizes in advance for anything offensive he might say on his upcoming media tour. (Too bad he’s yet another Hollywood anti-gun hypocrite — a Fudd, too, it seems — ’cause that’s funny.)
- So’s this: dogs enjoying their car rides.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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 thetaken 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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 feewingsfree 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.
The other day I posted at TZP about the dangers of mainstreaming bigotry and the folly of modern leftists thinking that their bigotry is somehow superior to the bigotry of others.
I was stunned when about half the reader response implied that I was opposing freedom of association.
Thanks to a comment by PB, I went back and realized I’d written this phrase in the final paragraph of the article: “discrimination is wrong.”
That’s simply a dumb statement. Discrimination is not wrong, certainly not categorically wrong. It’s obviously something people do every day and something a free society would just cope with, no need for laws and regulations about it. Discrimination is wrong only when governments or government-sponsored enterprises practice it; but then that’s not news, since most everything governments do is wrong.
I now kick myself for those three hastily chosen, dead wrong, words.
I remain chagrined that three careless words obliterated everything else I was trying to say and thought I had said. But that is simply the Way of the ‘Net. I know that. It was my fault and I walked into it with eyes that should have been wide open.