- Millennials don’t yet realize how fully the political system is rigged. (H/T Shel and jed in comments)
- Pop-Up House.. Low cost, quick build, pretty cool. But why when they tout these things do they always act as if plumbing, electrical work, and site prep don’t exist?
- “Are Pets Really Good for Us?” Heck, yeah! … as long as we don’t trip over them or become social outcasts.
- Well, this is depressing. Fear of punishment from a vengeful god turns out to produce social good. Not surprising, really. That’s probably why vengeful gods were invented (by those who wanted to define social good for everybody else).
- Nicki on government health care as the ultimate sickness. Man, such horror stories should have been left behind in the Soviet Union.
- Smart guns, stupid science (and that’s even without addressing their “features” of being hackable and remote shut-offable).
- Just five years old and already the the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a hotbed of abuse, including race-based corporate shakedowns.
- Finally, OK Go does another one of their mind-bendingly memorable videos for another of their oddly forgettable songs.
Archive for the ‘Government’ Category
- They don’t have a government right now and they’re unhappy about it. (H/T MJR)
- No matter how outlandish the halftime shows get they’ve been worse. A lot worse.
- The pick-up truck era of warfare.
- This guy does a number on telemarketers.
- Oh yes, definitely be on the lookout for scary anti-government types.
- As if the cone of shame weren’t bad enough already. (H/T GL)
This is refreshing in this day and age: The joy of blowing up your lab partner.
U.S. Capitol cops have to abandon their shooting range after “safety” improvements caused unsafe conditions. (And what’s that about getting a little nick at the corner of your eye, fella? Not wearing your goggles, were you???) (H/T Jim Bovard)
- “This was all planned,” says former State Department inspector general, surprising no one but adding damning detail.
- Also not surprising: Project Europe is doomed. But did anyone anticipate it would happen this particular way? Do you sometimes feel you’re watching one of history’s major shifts here? Something like the barbarians crossing the frozen Rhine in 406, but in slower motion.
- Oregon launches its first drive-through pot shop. And in little old Gold Beach, yet, home of BHM. (H/T d)
- If Bernie Sanders wins, he’d not only be the first Jewish president of the USA, he’d be the first candidate honest enough to admit to not being religious. Unlike, you know, Hillary who’s apparently a devout, lifelong believer in … oh, whatever.
- You have to dig through the comments to get the message, but it’s possible the fedgov isn’t aiming to kill the Elio, after all.
- The eight worst guns ever made. Yeah, I know there’s a lot of room for debate on these kinds of lists, but I seriously think they might have really nailed it here, especially on their #1 worst choice.
- Another flash story via MJR: “Taze.” A few paragraphs; a world of encouragement.
- The feds have broken the Oregon standoff with arrests and one killing. A remnant remains. Leaders were apparently lured out on the pretext of attending a community meeting and trapped at a roadblock. Why? Why not wait them out? (H/T db)
- David Codrea exposes and righteously blasts the latest junk-science
studyop-ed from “prestigious” anti-gun medical sources.
- “Does stupidity cause gun control, or does gun control cause stupidity?” Bear Bussjaeger speculates.
- I’ve never understood the mentality that official (or family) wrongdoing is fine as long as no one exposes it and that any person exposing the wrongdoing is somehow the problem. I’ve experienced that mentality, God knows (haven’t we all?), but I’ll never understand it as long as I live. Anyhow … sometimes justice eventually prevails. (H/T jed in comments)
- Speaking of exposing wrongdoing … Are we witnessing the fall of the House of Clinton? We can only hope.
- Kinda funny. Not surprising, though. The most overconfident students (in one study, at least) are in political science. (Even more interesting where the least confident are — the fields that require hard evidence.)
- Another drawback of license plate readers. Ugh. Ick. Ptooey!
- The most fascinating thing about this grid-down survivalist book is that it’s written by respected, ultra-establishment newsman Ted Koppel.
- In the schadenfreude department: Melissa Click, the social-justice pecksniff who shoved one reporter and called for “muscle” to remove another from a public demonstration, has been charged with assault.
- Despite using annoying “gun violence” language, this CNN article brings the good news that mental health professionals aren’t likely to sit still for Obama administration attempts to label every mentally ill person as too dangerous to own a firearm. With statistics, even!
- From Microsoft: useful, creepy, or both?
- If this is accurate in describing how classified material “escapes” from secure servers and ends up on private ones, then Hillary and several of her staffers should already be sitting in jail awaiting trial.
- Everybody was so busy panicking over the recent snowpocalypse that they forgot what billions of little kids have known since prehistory: snow can be fun. (Tip o’ hat to PT)
- In your cheery dog news for the day: Alabama bloodhound decides on her own to enter a half-marathon; wins ribbon. (H/T ML)
- And Brigid writes a dogtionary.
- Cool story from shooting-sports star Vera Koo. I had no idea she was so old or that she learned to shoot only in middle age because she was terrified of guns.
- Amazing and discouraging that cops continue to get away with being highwaymen despite these tactics being repeatedly exposed. Picked the wrong victim this time, though. (H/T MJR)
- Why is there no Uber for healthcare? You already know the answer, but this article finally asks some of the obvious questions.
- Much sweat has been sweated over China’s holdings of U.S. debt. This is the first time I’ve seen anybody get exercised over what Saudi Arabia could do to us. (H/T The Shy One)
- And speaking of Saudi Arabia, while I wouldn’t take this opinion piece as gospel, we should forever keep in mind that these tyrannical thugs are not our friends.
- I wanna know who those 62 people are.
- Do not get between a mama bear — or a mama human — and her cubs.
- “The Day the Mesozoic Died.” Great account of a scientific detective story.
- Fairytales are much older than we know.
Commentariat member Dana got me reading Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. It’s short, lively, and even if it’s not totally satisfying in describing how the Irish did the saving, it’s full of smack-upside-the-head insights.
The best material is on Rome’s collapse. (The first chapter was so persuasive it darned near made me feel sorry for tax collectors.) Before I return the book to the library, I want to post a couple of paragraphs. In the first, Cahill is mostly quoting from Kenneth Clark’s Civilization (spelling Americanized).
So. Are you going to watch the state-of-the-union addy tonight? (Or, depending on when you read this post, did you watch it?)
I can’t remember the last SOTU address I watched, and that’s not just because I don’t “do” TV. Watching politicians give speeches — especially “important” speeches — is as savory as watching circus geeks bite the heads off live chickens. And much less entertaining.
I’m sorta-kinda guessing the speech won’t have a big audience of BHM/Living Freedom readers.
Still, you’ve probably heard that Big O plans to leave a seat empty so that … oh, all the ghosts of gangbangers killed by other gangbangers (as long as they were killed with guns, not knives, garrots, gasoline+matches, shovels to the head, etc.) can enjoy the show. Jim Bovard suggests they leave the First Lady’s special section entirely empty to commemorate a whole lot of other dead people the Obama administration is responsible for.
- Guess what the most popular work at the UN library is. A thesis on how to avoid being charged with war crimes. Not how to avoid committing war crimes. Just how to avoid punishment. (H/T jb)
- Several major car makers are partnering up with Linux. While this is a lot better than the recent features about those partnering with Microsoft, I generally wish they’d all stay the heck out of any automobile I ever own, except for entirely optional, turn-offable devices. (H/T MJR)
- Another inspiring story about the life-changing power of going debt free.
- Who says a porno-graphic can’t be your legitimate signature? NSFW and sorry about that, but it’s another interesting tale of whether the state or the individual controls identity. (H/T jb)
- Speaking of porn, you’ve probably seen the latest TSA child-molestation video. What fascinates and depresses me is the father’s “I love the security state, BUT …” attitude. Not to worry, of course. Procedures were followed. Not to mention guidelines. No mistakes were made.
- Washingtonian magazine dubiously “credits” Jim Bovard for one of the DC outrages of the year.
- Your awwwwww story for today doesn’t involve dogs or cats (or even a giant jumping spider, which I admit is more of an ewwwwww story) . It’s about a baby saved by an innovative surgeon and a $20 device.
- No. This is just plain wrong. And the “only ones” are going to commit even more bloody mayhem than they already do with this in their hands.
- This, on the other hand, is bizaarrish. And their rationale for it (in the video) is laughable. But the innovation is intriguing. According to Wikipedia, it’s been around since 1999 in Russia, but looks as if there might be a serious push for it in the U.S. this year. (H/T MJR)
- This morning, Obama’s fedgov took its the first step toward its long-dreaded executive action on guns. “Laughable fizzle” is my first response to the White Paper. But other phrases like “camel’s nose” and “slippery slope” most assuredly apply. (More to come from the White House today, but I’m prepping this post before the final news is out.)
- Unintentionally funny: the best ways to spot a liar. Not through secret training in body language or eye movements (aka expensive guesswork). Just the old-fashioned way. Not real handy for the “instant security” folks, though.
- Some hearty encouragement against the confiscator wannabes. (H/T The Shy One)
- In all the media frenzy over last spring’s “Draw Mohammed” competition (especially when it ended with two dead jihadis), not much attention was given to the winner. Did you know he was raised Muslim?
- Thomas Chatterton Williams: My black privilege.
- Why is Hillary not already under indictment???
- It should be no surprise to anyone hereabouts, but even as Microsoft pretends to have been converted to the privacy gospel, it steals your disk-encryption keys.
- If you have v*ted in the last 15 years, you are screwed. (H/T MJR) You may think this absurd, insecure database of v*ters is no big deal, but the implications are pretty catastrophic. And nobody knows who compiled or owns this giant mess? Fedgov, anyone?
- The war on Asian-American academic success.
- Repeat violators of HIPAA privacy provisions pay little consequence. Which is totally unsurprising because HIPAA was always more of a privacy-violation enabler than a privacy protector. (H/T PT)
- When are you really most sincerely dead?
- Ancient Irish genome reveals mass migration from the east. (Irish myth has long hinted at a mystery something like this, and even my own mostly Celtic DNA confirms it.)
- Dan Mitchell on the international war against cash. Part I. And part II. (Via Irons in the Fire) Seems funny in a way to defend fiat currency, but of course the state is in the process of coming up with something even worse. And it’s not so much fiat currency that needs defending.