- Americans aren’t as politically polarized as pols and the MSM would have us imagine. Among other things we’re united in distrusting the government. (H/T PT)
- Turn in your standard-capacity magazines orders L.A. gov. Then … crickets … Not one. Not a single one.
- The president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University says he’s not running a day care.
- And George Will asks: American higher education — higher than what, exactly?
- The push to ban cash grows louder as currencies race for the bottom. One difference in this article: it lists various ways people might (and will) dodge the coming cash bans.
- Not related (or is it?): Ross Douthat on Europe’s darkened future.
- Heh heh. This is perfect. Albany, NY, man hopes to draw tourists with a museum of political corruption.
- How to prosecute corrupt prosecutors.
- Kids with dogs are less anxious than those without.
- And speaking of dogs, here (courtesy of jed in comments) are many, many dogs hilarious lacking the concept of personal space.
Archive for the ‘Government’ Category
- It’s here: the 3D-printed revolver. The hoplophobic panic will surely not be far behind. (H/T S)
- It’s also here: the first private space race. I doubt the Bezos vs Musk is quite as theatrically adversarial as the media would have us think. What a good thing, though, eh? May the best man win. Better yet, may both men win.
- Over at The Zelman Partisans Nicki turns to DC police chief Lanier and asks, “Take ’em out with what?” and I ask if the Jewish leaders of Europe have no sense of history or just no sense. Carl-Bear Bussjaeger also has some comment on European leaders who want to render their people more vulnerable (and you’d have gotten an advance look at that piece if you subscribed to TZP’s weekly alerts; see the sidebar and sign up!).
- They said if I didn’t vote for Obama, insurance-industry lobbyists would take over health care.
- Ban encryption? Can’t be done sez J.D. Tuccille.
- Your awwwwwwwww story for the day: dog adopts orphaned ‘possum. (Looks a little uncomfortable now that ‘possum’s grown up, though.)
Finally, S sends along a great video and says, “Be this goat.”
- When it finally dawns on the social-justice pecksniffs just how many things in every culture are “appropriated” from some other culture, they’re gonna be in a world of hurt.
- Randall Munroe gives Time an interview as only the creator of xkcd could give it. (H/T jed in comments)
- “Who turned my blue state red?” Talk about blowback. That’s blowback.
- Odd couple: Black Lives Matter and Bloomberg.
- Half of me hopes he takes those officious overreacting officials for every dime — and thinks it’s too bad any judgment won’t come out of their own pockets. The other half of me is beginning to feel a whole lot less sympathy for “clock boy.” (Nicki goes even farther.)
I grew up in a classless world. (Not classless as in “Donald Trump ain’t got no class,” but as in “Anyone can grow up to be president.”)
Maybe this was less true for some people of my generation, but I simply don’t remember ever caring two hoots about somebody’s economic class or status or anyone else caring about mine.
- 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.
And here’s the second and final part of the guest post by Sandy Sandfort. Part I is here
TRUTH IN GOVERNMENT? YOU BETCHA! (Part II)
A Short Guide on How to Read Government “Tells”
By Sandy Sandfort
Before I give you two final financial examples, I will give one from my own family. On 5 April 1933, FDR signed Executive Order 6102 (just like Obama, he had a pen and a telephone) which required Americans to turn in their gold in exchange for paper money at $20.67 per ounce.
When my father read about the order in the newspaper, he immediately told my mother, “They’re going to devalue the dollar!” In other words, he skipped past all the order’s rhetoric and jumped to the “why.” When he figured out what and why the order was given (devaluation), he set about illegally amassing as many gold coins as he could. He was able to get rid of a lot of paper in exchange for a lot of gold. As he predicted, the dollar was devalued (40% to $35 per ounce. For decades, he and my mother paid for fun trips to Mexico with gold coins they sold in Mexico for the world price of $35 per ounce.
I’m deadlining this week. Friend Sandy Sandfort has stepped in with an original two-parter about one of everybody’s favorite subjects: politicians moving their lips.
Sandy has a new website in the works. If you’d like to be notified when it goes live, contact Sandy at sandy-at-privilegedcommunications-dot-net (corrected address) with the subject line “new website notice.”
Sandy would also like to exchange some of his Bitcoin for USD (which can be sent to his U.S. bank, though he resides in Panama). Contact him at sandfort-at-gmail-dot-com if you’re interested in making the trade.
TRUTH IN GOVERNMENT? YOU BETCHA! (Part I)
A Short Guide on How to Read Government “Tells”
By Sandy Sandfort
I don’t need to tell readers here that governments lie. We all know that lies are fundamental to manipulating the citizenry. This does not mean, however, that you shouldn’t pay attention to what government spokespeople say. If you know how to listen, you can gather vital intel to protect yourself and your family. By understanding why certain things are said—or not said—you can improve your chances of surviving government-created calamities and maybe even come out ahead of the game sometime.
Governments do have “tells” just like poker players. If you learn to read those tells, you have an edge over the other players at the table. Believe me, in America, with a third of a billion players at the table, you really want to have that edge.
- Willie Nelson’s crusade against big pot. This is good. Really, really looooooong, but good.
- Project Veritas does it again, as officials at Vassar and Oberlin attempt to save poor, offended students from pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution.
- And along those same lines … (short video; H/T MJR)
- The dead “hero”: just another corrupt, threatening cop.
- Making Shakespeare politically correct. And dumb.
- Kevin D. Williamson declares Obamacare dead.
- Jose Fernandez-Partagas: one of those weirdly fascinating footnote people. I discovered him in an endnote to Isaac’s Storm. Strange life, strange (but awesome) end. Makes you want to know what made him tick.
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.
Must get a few things done this morning, then will return to the “musings” I began the other day. Meantime, here’s some linkage …
- Never thought I’d see it, but here’s one pot-legalization initiative I hope falls on its corrupt, crony-capitalist face.
- What goes around comes around. Amazon is opening its first physical book store.
- The best cities for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Feel free to disagree.
- Is the USDA silencing scientists?
- Love (in a not-so-loving way) Conquest’s third law of politics.
- A happy (though also mysterious) dog tale via Shel in comments.
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.
- Funny; “job stress” never caused me to get drunk and bite anybody’s you-know-whats. A bad day at work ever had that effect on you? A bad year? (H/T jed in comments)
- Speaking of the you-know-whats: Nicki gives a “gun owner who favors gun control” a kick in his.
- Medical costs going up-up-up? Well, we all know they have been. But more recently, if these stats are correct, medical costs have stabilized. Medical insurance costs, OTOH …
- Be sure to register that drone you get for Christmas. Did Congress pass a law about this? Article fails to mention such. ADDED: Some of the major problems with drone registration.
- Nobody needs a high-capacity window!
- Fedgov seizes that land near Area 51 that’s been owned, worked, and lived on by one family since Abe Lincoln’s day. Looks like they’ll be allowed to cheat the family on price even worse than they’d previously intended. (Sad h/t to Jim B.)
- Detroit pastor shoots brick-wielding attacker.
- But in Chicago they still fantasize that 2,500 “guns off the streets” will save 2,500 pure, innocent lives.
- What Jennifer Lawrence tells us about women and unequal pay. It’s not the other guy’s prejudice as much as it is our poor negotiating.
- Strictly for you guys in the Pacific Northwest: Ways Oregon beats Washington. Ways Washington beats Oregon.