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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 ‘Health’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Doings around town

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Just a short post. I’m going to close down for most of the next three days. Will pop in occasionally to check comments, but otherwise be out in the sun hammering and nailing.

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We had a big old bee swarm on our street a couple of days ago. I could have seen it from my windows had I known. But the woman with the trees full of bees didn’t have my phone number handy and wasn’t venturing out to inform the neighborhood.

Never saw a “live” bee swarm. I think it would be cool. The beekeeping neighbor who eventually dealt with the swarm looked at me incredulously when I met up with him yesterday and told him this was something I’d seen only in pictures. He and his girlfriend said, “We had four swarms last year.” So I guess eventually I’ll get to witness some swarming and humans dealing with it.

My next-door neighbor is also thinking of getting a hive, and I wouldn’t be averse to having a few myself someday.

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I learned all the exciting details at a party. Yeah, not a party person. But every few months, a pair of neighbors hosts a lunchtime get-together for anybody who happens to be having a birthday. The birthday people get envelopes full of scratch cards and everybody catches up on things.

I’m gradually noticing that my neighbors are a bunch of very smart people. The regulars at the party range in age from 30s to 86, with three little schoolboys showing up toward the end. We’re of diverse backgrounds, from a former California vineyard owner to a Finnish housewife (and widow of a cop). Yet when hot-button political topics arise, I never feel like an outsider.

People like me (and you) are supposed to be so radical, so fringe, so out of the mainstream. Yet on every subject that’s arisen at these gatherings — from the woeful treatment of boys in public school to government curbs on free-market genetic testing to (of course) guns — we’re either in agreement or able to work with each other’s points of view.

Very liberty-oriented these people are.

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Finally, I just did something a little scary but wicked good. Put the emphasis on both wicked and good. :-)

Might be a couple of months before I can say more about it, but for now, picture me with a cheshire-cat grin.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, April 20th, 2015
  • Immune-system drug combo “melts” tumors. Yeah, I know there are always reports like this that eventually come to nothing. But this is pretty dramatic.
  • Are you nuts, Mr. Cop??? Officer shoots (at) dog in a crowd. Fortunately misses. Dog just looked as if it was being rambunctiously friendly, too. (Here’s the video if you can’t see it on that page.)
  • If you’re going to have anti-abortion laws, you’re going to have to be prepared not only to prosecute every doctor, nurse, and med-tech for murder, but to investigate every miscarriage as a potential homicide. Some countries do. Results aren’t pretty. (Via Rational Review News)
  • Hm. Study seems a bit sketchy. But the result is believable: the sweat of happy people can induce happiness.
  • Today is 4/20 — cannabis day. Colorado held its official celebration over the weekend. Police remind cannabis consumers not to get too cocky. Oh well.
  • But I love this. The maker of Miracle-Gro, who has long seen his product in the background of pot-bust videos, knows a good opportunity when he sees one. (Last three links all H/T jed.)
  • Matt Walsh to burger flippers: You don’t deserve $15/hour — and that’s okay.
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
  • Ilana Mercer on freedom of association. And dialoging with a Neo-Nazi.
  • Related: Kevin D. Williamson on the war on the private mind.
  • Back in the day, science fiction was a realm where freedom of ideas prevailed. Prevailed by definition, I assumed, because how can you speculate about alternate futures and realities without the freedom to think unbound thoughts? I’m still having trouble understanding how political correctness has consumed SF.
  • Self control in a world that promotes self indulgence. This is about primal eating, but has implications way beyond that. (H/T PT)
  • Chris Christie has pardoned Shaneen Allen. (Updated to direct to Nicki Kenyon’s new post at The Zelman Partisans.)
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
  • Five simple ‘Net security tricks from a Google engineer. I’m already doing four and a half of them. How about you?
  • Don’t it just figure? Willie Nelson now has his own cannabis variety and hopes to open a chain of stores described as “the Whole Foods of marijuana.”
  • Fascinating. Twenty-five percent of people have an extra color receptor in their eyes. Hm. Wonder how many of those are artists or go into fields requiring good color perception?
  • So what do you think? Should this guy have been kicked off that plane or not?
  • On hiding cops’ identities, a governor does the right thing (although maybe not for the right reasons).
  • The war on geese. So funny I just had to steal it from Joel. Love the idea of a national border collie reserve, even if Kevin D. Williamson doesn’t know a border collie from a Lassie collie.
  • Moviewise, it appears that both the Jane Austen craze and the zombie craze may both have jumped the shark. In the very same film.
Claire Wolfe

Weekend reads

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Two from The Atlantic:

“The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Science and addiction treatment. Long but interesting.

And just for laughs: “The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts.” With the Saudi-Iran cold war about to go hot over Yemen, perhaps this’ll help us appear well-informed.

Claire Wolfe

What not to wear after 50 :-)

Monday, February 16th, 2015

On the lighter side: Michelle Combs writes the definitive guide to what not to wear after you turn 50.

You guys of the male persuasion probably imagine there’s nothing here for you, but you might want to have a look, anyhow.

Language is NSFW. Thoughts are more than safe for anybody.

Cheers. :-)

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
  • Oh yeah, let’s “fix” I-594 by making exceptions for only ones. ‘Cause you know, only us peasants (e.g. we who don’t work for the state or its cronies) ever commit crimes.
  • The day long feared has arrived. Samsung warns customers to be careful what they say in the vicinity of their “smart” TVs. And we’re just supposed to lie back and enjoy it now that the loss of privacy is “inevitable.”
  • “Impaired Self Defense.” Good observations by MamaLiberty.
  • The SunSaluter. Interestingly simple concept from one of Peter Thiel’s young Fellows. A solar tracker/water filter. Looks like it would be most effective only in the tropics where the sun always arcs high in the sky. Any comment from you physics guys?
  • Speaking of physics guys … you may recall my impressively failed experiments with flower pot candle heaters. Engineers predicted the failures ’cause (to put it in kindergarden terms) you can’t get more energy out of a candle than is in the candle in the first place. What you can get out of it, though, is a bunch of money. Provided you give your version of it an “eco” name. (Via S., who notes, “Unless paraffin tea candles have energy density approaching that of highly enriched uranium, it is flat-out impossible to do any meaningful heating with an ounce or three of wax.”)
  • I suspect that the first thing that’ll happen when you register with NoFlyZone.org to declare your home a no-go for drones … is that various governments will wonder what you have to hide and will target you for drone flights bearing various cams and eventually weapons.
Claire Wolfe

A Monday morning ramble

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Too much for just links, too little for one of my blogosauri. Randomish thoughts …

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Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek miscellany

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
  • Surprise, surprise. Yet another fedgov agency is operating a vast, covert, random surveillance program. Hm. Do they still sell those anti-cam sprays and films for our license plates?
  • Gottlieb’s CCRKBA endorses Matt Shea’s bill to repeal I-594. And note the ringing anti-background check language! (She says, rolling her eyes.)
  • I’m not linking to this CNN op-ed because it’s brilliant. On the contrary, it’s an astonishingly logic-free defense of Obamacare. I’m linking to it because it may contain one of the single most bizarre justifications of tyranny oxymorons ever to occupy the mind of a human being. To wit: “The ACA does not allow government to interfere in our lives; it compels government to keep us as safe and healthy as possible.” Admit it, the ability to hold both those thoughts in the same brain is an admirable feat.
  • Speaking of admirable, scientists say they’ve figured out how to uncook an egg.
  • Data point: not all surrender monkeys are cheese eaters.
  • Sweet firearms training story: “Save a life or sneer at an idiot — your choice.” (Actually, though, I don’t know of too many people who would sneer at the woman in this tale. Lots would probably sneer at her firearm, though.)
  • “Dear random, shirtless partygoer.” You know those things you always think of saying only after the fact? The ‘Net lets you say them so well.

Deadlining the next couple of days. Entertain each other; you’re very good at that. :-)

Claire Wolfe

Sunday links

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Vin Suprynowicz interview will continue as scheduled sometime tomorrow. Meantime, some tab clearing …

  • The dangers of tasers. Better late than never, I guess, and the info about the post-tase brain fog is something to think about.
  • Very impressive, resourceful, and brave little girl. Her father taught her well. It’s too bad her hell is just beginning.
  • Speaking of a child’s (and a family’s) hell, the Washington Post has an unusually even-handed story about how that Idaho toddler shot his mother to death. It being a story about Idaho and guns, I note that the D.C.-ites (without apparent irony) assigned it to a foreign affairs correspondent. (H/T. LA)
  • My first response to that widely reported claim that 2/3 of all cancers just come out of nowhere, sorry, complete coincidence, no way to prevent them, was okay, so the initial mutation might come out of nowhere, but what is your body equipped to do about it? I’m not the only one asking such questions.
  • The liberation of aging.
  • Cops try to bust man for smoking pot. Crowd forms a human shield to prevent them. (Via Wendy)
  • Kevin Wilmeth resolves to continue to remain in “outrage fatigue recovery mode” in 2015. Good resolution, Kevin. 2014 was a rough one for too many people hereabouts.
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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