I’ve been watching the Elio with lots of anticipation though I still can’t decide whether it’s all hype or something gonna-be cool. Might be time to start watching the Local Motors Strati, too. 3D printed car.
*The article gets JPFO’s name slightly wrong and says I was an employee when I was always an independent contractor. Minor details, but I couldn’t find a way to contact the author to give him a non-public heads-up. Very good article nevertheless.
If you haven’t visited Earthineer in a while, you might want to take a new look.
Dan Adams has recently added the long-awaited marketplace and barter sections where members can trade with each other. Though they’re still new and smallish, he’s got something quite promising there both for “rural engineers” and for foodies. Earthineer is a labor of love for Dan and it shows in the quality of the presentation.
Among other things, he’s planning to build privacy into the trades, so only the parties involved will have long-term records of their transactions.
Also, Dave Duffy has assigned me an article on Earthineer and I’d love to hear some opinions and questions other than my own.
Heck, if they were going to ban the poster, it should have been for stupid gun handling, not the shadow of a nipple. (Mildly NSFW.)
Suit says V.A. cops stomped on an old vet’s head because he was tired of waiting for treatment. Well, that’s one way to get rid of pesky, resource-consuming patients. You don’t even have to take the time for “death panels.”
Apparently neither the Fourth nor the Second Amendment apply when it’s for your own good. (H/T PB from comments.)
The real problem, of course, would be solved by getting rid of government schools and all their rigid one-size-fits-allism. Still, this short video is an interesting analysis of what’s being done to boys. And to society’s future. (H/T MJR)
So you think nobody’s manipulating the metals markets? Here’s a known case where Barclays (remember them from the Libor manipulation scandal?) deliberately screwed with the gold market to cheat one of their own customers out of $3.9 million. Braaaazen.
Oh, so that’s what that new “trigger warning” BS is all about. Been hearing that phrase and wondered if it was some new antigunnery. Nope. Just more politically correct, infantilizing silliness from the crowd who believes their widdle feewings should never be hurt. No doubt, though, that anything more dangerous than a plastic spork will “trigger” some poor soul’s hysteria.
What Americans are really afraid of. Hint: It’s not terrorism. Anybody else notice that four of the top five and five of the top eight basically amount to the same thing? Or are at least as closely related as the Dionne Quints?
This writer asks why “we” make children sit still in class. But she dodges the answer. That’s curious, because John Taylor Gatto and many others have addressed that question in books and articles. “We” make children sit still in school (and obey bells, and associate only with those of the same age, and study each individual subject as if it’s unrelated to any other) because our government school system is based on a Prussian model designed to produce obedient little drones.
“The Soul-Rape of Bradley Manning.” This superb piece by Wendy McElroy has already and deservedly gotten a lot of electron time. I’ve been meaning to base a think piece of my own on it, but since I haven’t quite gotten there, I thought I’d just add one more link to the masses it’s already received.
I’ve been kind of sorry that the local Big City has only a Home Depot, not a Lowes. I like ‘em both, but always liked Lowes a little better. But damn, the co-founder of Home Depot has him some style and some guts.
Some are highly tested and reliable; others less well vetted. Some are open source; some maybe not. But considering the alternatives …
The project aims to reimagine what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.
It started with a guy named Carl Greninger, and his realization that tight budgets and fear of lawsuits have pushed out much of the fun, dangerous stuff from high school science labs, leaving “nothing sharper than silly putty.
“I walked into a classroom and I saw a science teacher. And he had a string and a paper cup. And he says, well, we’re studying physics, and I looked back at the kids and I saw the word ‘lame’ tattooed across their foreheads. And I said, I can do better than this in my garage” ….
Great story. Great everyday — or maybe not quite everyday — act of helpful subversion. :-)
Whew. What a couple of months its been. I’ve been deadlining solidly since at least early November, and though it’s interesting work (art, mostly), I’m tired.
This week is the biggest push of all, so in a minute here I’m going to turn the blog over to MJR (who found and sent a host of interesting newsbits) and get back to work on my assignments.
But first … some more thank yous.
Thanks to JS and SC at Paladin Press, I got a photocopy of that Playboy article about Peder Lund that I was questing for in vain. Good title: “The World’s Most Dangerous Publisher.”
Even though I belong to (perhaps) the less dangerous part, I feel proud to be associated with such an entity.
Thank you to everybody who offered to send copies of the article or who went out and found clever ways I could have gotten it myself.
More thanks … When I blogged on Christmas eve, I hadn’t yet received all my gifts. Since then, I’ve gotten several more. But not one of the new arrivals came with a “from,” so I’m giving public thanks in hopes the senders will see it here.
Thank you — Secret Santa — for the beautiful book on painting light and shadow with pastels. (I also see that a pad of Stonehenge paper is on its way, which I’m guessing might be from the same mystery sender.)
And oh my. Thank you, Secret Somebody for the handmade chocolates and the unbelievable treat of California dried apricots hand-dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm. I know these must have come from somebody who knows my address, and I’m tempted to go randomly thanking people who live in New England. But whoever you are, know that your gift is delicious and is being savored.
Now, on to the news. Most of today’s items come coutesy of MJR, though I did manage to lift my head up from the drawing board long enough to come up with one or two.
If you expose unsavory, inhumane, or unhealthy practices in the food industry you may be a terrorist. Does that make you the next candidate to be “disappeared” into military custody forever?
New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory. (ADDED: Not new; this is from 2006. Still all too relevant.)
I’m really starting to like Cenk Uygur. For a liberal and all. I might not agree with solutions he’d propose. But he’s one of the few in the mainstream who recognizes how serious things have gotten and that it’s not just about phony “left” and “right.”
Are guns & ammo the new silver & gold? Some interesting stats …
Anonymous publishes A Survival Guide for people who might be ending up in a revolution.
Do you remember the Michigan woman who, last summer, faced months of jail time for growing her veggies in her front yard instead of her back yard? When JS sent a link about her, I realized there’s been no follow-up & I wanted to see what happened to her. Good news: she won — though not without more hassles.