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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

Midweek links, too

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
  • 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.”

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part II

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Part I is here

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.

« Read the rest of this entry »

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Back to the “musings” shortly. In the meantime, I must beat back the tide of open tabs …

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Oh heck, enough of my whining. Have some links.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
  • Amish man sues to buy firearms without photo ID.
  • Those secretive, usually warrantless stingray units? Turns out they can record the content of phone calls; not just act as a locator. (H/T MJR)
  • Liberalthink: We MUST have the $15/hour minimum wage even if it puts people out of work.
  • The news just gets more dire for Obamacare’s race to the bottom.
  • Kevin Wilmeth asks, “How cool is Marilyn Williams?”, who defended her home with a precision air rifle (aka “sniper rifle” to the media).
  • I’m not sure how the term “social justice warriors” (SJW) came into such popular use. But I don’t like it. It’s too easy for the SJWs themselves to see that as a good thing. I think we should use a term nobody could learn to love (and a more accurate term, besides): pecksniffians.
Claire Wolfe

Feeling half human again

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

So yesterday my night ended at 2:00 as I woke up thinking about the ancient and idiotic practice of doctors bleeding patients. (And I don’t mean bleeding them in the Obamacare sense, but in the opening-veins or applying leeches sense.)

My face was throbbing from this cold. With every heartbeat I felt my stuffy forehead and cheeks pulsing, and for the first time I understood why those old-timey doctors, with so little to go on, concluded that diseased bodies were loaded with excess “humours” that needed to be released.

At that moment, if some kindly old quack had offered to surround my eyeballs with crescents of sucking leeches, I’d have said, “Hey, let’s give it a try.”

It was a lost day. I scarcely ate, drank, moved, or thought. I did drag myself out around noon to walk the dogs, figuring my lassitude might be caused in part by lying around and a little walk might help. But nope. I dragged myself through the walk, then dragged my sorry butt right back to bed afterward.

Thus the lack of blogitude yesterday.

There are all kinds of symptom-reducers for colds and believe me, I’m grateful for them. But not one does a thing to combat the heavy, throbbing stupidity.

I continued to suck zinc. Made myself eat and drink. And finally by the time I dragged myself from bed to couch to binge-watch episodes of House of Cards (season 3; so far not as marvelously wicked as previous seasons, but still a good fix for any political junkie), I started feeling human again. Half human, at least.

In the evening I took the advice to enjoy a long HOT bath and to force down an extra helping of Nyquil (since I’m not a whiskey person). Gawd, that stuff is foul. I try to tell myself it’s polyjuice potion and will have results that are worth the ick.

I slept in all the way ’til 3:00 this morning. When I woke I thought I felt good. After a pot of tea I realized I felt good only by comparison with yesterday. But you know, that’ll do. That’ll definitely do.

Claire Wolfe

A cold has caught me

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Oh, a cold it has caught me and I’m feelin’ so blue.
I’m about as darned worthless as a smelly old shoe.
There’s a fire in my throat but none in my head.
My snot glands are runnin’, my brain cells are dead …
Howlin’ Garglin’ Wolfe

I get sick only about once every five or seven years. Lucky that way. But when something does catch me, oh my. I’m currently lying abed, sucking zinc lozenges and guzzling hot tea. No reason I can’t keep posting (it’s more entertaining than playing another game of spider solitaire). I’m just saying don’t expect too much brilliance for a few days, okay?

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
  • Wow. You know that woman who drove into the parade crowd in Oklahoma? Apparently at least some of the media seems more than usually pre-programmed to blame the non-existent gun. David Codrea points out that the car-killer babe is apparently an Obama fan, too.
  • I don’t know about you, but this sort of vague, ill-reported United Nations “science” makes me want to go right out and eat bacon. Maple flavored. Crisp. Oh, I have no doubt processed meats don’t qualify as health food, but I also doubt that the big bacon and sausage eaters dying of cancer are otherwise noshing on broccoli and brussels sprouts all day, either. You just cannot isolate individual foods and make such claims about them — unless it suits your agenda.
  • Well, good luck with that, REI. Forgive me if I suspect it’s not going to help your bottom line.
  • Social justice warriors and … um, Star Trek? Or something. I think I’m losing the thread here. But Nicki, as always, in entertainingly indignant.
  • How friendships change with adulthood.
Claire Wolfe

Did somebody tell the gods it’s Monday?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Or did the gods invent Mondays in the first place just to spite us?

Winter arrived yesterday evening and today we took our first dogwalk in it. That is, I stomped along determinedly while the dogs, in their rain jackets, stared at me aghast and demanded, “Can we go home now?”

While winter here in the NorthWET doesn’t involve six-foot drifts of snow or 30-below temperatures (ah, fond memories of Wyoming and Minnesota!), it tends to arrive as suddenly as if someone up there dropped it on our heads. Cold needles of rain are here to stay.


And of course this is the day that the driver-side door handle on Old Blue decided to explode — firing springs around the cockpit and thereafter refusing to open anything. Yes, today is the day I have to start rolling down the window and reaching outside to open the door.

Until I can figure out the fix. Peferably not in the rain.


It’s also the morning tens of thousands of identical spam messages decided to clog up my email. Literally tens of. Or so the counts and the sluggishness of the email works tell me. Repeated attempts to blacklist the sender and irretrievably delete the mails before their arrival succeeded only in sending them to the spam folder, from which I had to transfer them to the trash folder for a mass purge. After closing and reopening Thunderbird to kick it into gear again. And logging onto the the provider’s website when that wasn’t working.

Finally either something I did or something my provider did stopped the mailstorm.

So mary&^%$#@whoeverthehell!, I missed out on your tens of thousands of attempts to send me millions of Nigerian dollars. And BTW, I am not your Dear One. Not even close, baby.


Now pardon me if I go off and nurse my disgruntlements. Meanwhile, have a few good reads:

Nicholas Johnson and the WSJ bring a touch of honesty to the latest in victim disarmament.

Eric Peters talks about people who like to boss other people. (Big H/T LS)

And to end on a cheery note, the great Kevin D. Williamson talks about what’s going right with the world. And … um, what Rotarians and free markets have to do with it.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, October 24th, 2015


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