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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 ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
  • Good one from Sheila Stokes-Begley on “smart” autos and “smart” guns.
  • I wouldn’t normally blog the death of a pro wrestler. But Rowdy Roddy Piper, who just died, age 61, also starred in John Carpenter’s terrific, underrated, and oh-so-apt freedomista social satire, They Live.
  • Where all the presidential candidates stand on pot legalization.
  • Speaking of which, even D.A.R.E. (that family-destroying, lying, totally ineffective-against-drug-abuse scourge of the 1980s) has now published an op-ed in favor of legal cannabis.
  • That CEO who raised the minimum wage at his company to $70,000 per year had some of his experienced employees quit for reasons that will sound like Econ 101 to freedomistas.
  • Can you imagine having a conversation with the kind of people who come up with this stuff?
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
  • Lenore Skenazy (once again) demands that kids — and their parents — be free to walk free.
  • It’s fascinating just how many ways the $15/hour minimum wage is backfiring. J.D. Tuccille has yet another. (And it’s great to see his Disloyal Opposition blog back again!)
  • Via Sipsey Street: It’s no surprise, but soooo gratifying that the number of guns being manufactured has doubled during the Obama regime.
  • Yep, as I guessed yesterday, Chrysler is handling the hack-a-Jeep (or anything else we make) fix staggeringly poorly.
  • Also yesterday I said that no writer had ever come up with a description of heaven that wasn’t snoozeworthy. There was one who did: Mark Twain, of course. Here’s an HTML excerpt from “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.” (Project Gutenberg also has free Kindle and ePub versions. Not sure whether those are complete or also just extracts). And here’s an Amazon link in case you want to spend actual money on a complete copy.
  • I tried to check out OpenBazaar.com, but the first thing it wanted was Javascript enabled. When I gave it that, the next thing it wanted, without first offering any actual content, was for me to enable Flash. Um … no thanks; not until I know you better. Still it sounds intriguingly like both Son of eBay and Silk Road reborn. And Forbes is terrified of it. So that’s something. (H/T MJR)
  • Muslims and dogs.
Claire Wolfe

Post-weekend catching up

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Various and miscellaneous.

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Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 27th, 2015
  • Intriguing DIY all-terrain cart/carrier. (H/T MJR)
  • Drawing — by hand, even doodling — enhances memory and other cognitive functions.
  • Remember last week’s remotely hacked Jeep? Chrysler has now recalled … well, basically every car it’s made lately. No need to take your auto to the shop, though: just wait for the USB stick or download the software. OTOH, given the company’s record of mishandling recalls, don’t be too optimistic.
  • New micro device delivers drugs directly to the brain. Not my brain, buddy!
  • “Don’t Blame Trump; Blame America.” Once you get past the offensive title there’s a lot to agree with. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • And yes, the SJWs have gone completely around the bend. Latest target: Dante. The Divine Comedy, one of the great classics of literature*, is no longer fit to be taught in schools because Dante Alighieri, who lived 800 years ago, failed to hold approved modern opinions. Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate indeed!

* Which I once read in the original Italian. Not that I’m bragging or anything. Couldn’t do it today and even then I had to have an Italian dictionary at hand, not to mention a guide to the characters (oddly enough, hell turns out to be largely populated by medieval Italians, many of them Dante’s political enemies). I also skipped most of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso. Nobody, not even Dante, has ever come up with a description of heaven that isn’t a total snooze. The gruesome Inferno is the only part anybody cares about. It may be Great Literature, but entertainmentwise, it’s the medieval equivalent of a slasher flick.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
  • States that have legalized cannabis show a remarkable decrease in deaths from opiod overdose.
  • Much though I respect animals, I think this is a bad idea. (H/T PT)
  • On the other hand, we could use some pretty basic changes of policy (and of heart) toward our beloved companions. This man lived on the streets for two years because no homeless shelter would accept him with the dog who’d devoted a life to him. (Fortunately, help eventually stepped in.)
  • Ohhh, how the IRS loooooves Obamacare!
  • Two on Sandra Bland (and on the expectation that serfs must obey any command of their masters): Orin Kerr concludes, “But this is America, and we didn’t fight a revolution to make that the only choice.” And Jacob Sullum’s “Sandra Bland’s Arrest and the Expectation of Meek Subservience.” Suicide or murder? Bottom line is that Sandra Bland didn’t belong in jail in the first place. She was there only because she — a mere peasant — bruised some statist thug’s ego.
  • Perfect example of another “good cop.” And note how supporters flocked to defend him and make him out to be the victim. Did any of his authoritarian cheerleaders care about the four-year-old girl Mr. Weepy Cop molested? (No, she probably “made him do it” or “was asking for it”.) What an utterly disgusting spectacle. (Via Wendy)
  • While the specific features of this “Swiss Army knife” jacket may not turn your crank, the basic idea is a great one. Many, many possibilities!
  • I’ve watched several cancer patients, who knew they were terminal, spend their last months in an agony of hopeful chemo. At the end, they bitterly regretted putting themselves through it. I’m glad such exploitation of the desperate might soon come to an end.
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
  • People. Possessed by computers. We have seen the future and it is weird and icky. (H/T MJR)
  • No more Mohammed cartoons, says Charlie Hebdo’s editor. The barbarians are inside the gates.
  • A “lite” one from Bovard: “Cops and Donuts Don’t Mix.”
  • A Silicon Valley billionaire revives the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Six state governments grow a brain and arm their National Guard members following the Chattanooga jihad attacks.
  • You will be shocked, I’m sure, to learn that the Bloombergians are against it. And hey, check out the “do not link” link! Great way to read an article on Bloomberg’s The Trace. Until it fails or Bloomy gets bored and defunds it, that new site is going to have some important articles on it — important not because they’re good but because they’ll look like serious, balanced journalism to those who don’t understand the issues while being covertly filled with codswallop.
  • Also lite: the good news about that quake that’s going to destroy the Northwest. :-)
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 20th, 2015
  • I’ve lost count. How many “anti-violence” activists and “anti-violence” groups have been busted now for weapons violations, assaults, or homicides? A big number.
  • The fedgov can’t manage to charge a single mega-banker for wrecking the U.S. economy through fraud and malfeasance. But the state of New York (via the ever-present, ever-righteous Cyrus Vance, Jr.) can manage 184 counts against a tiny, family-owned bank that was apparently just trying to police itself.
  • Uh oh. No surprise. Sandra Bland, that young woman who “committed suicide” in police custody last week was reportedly a vocal activist against police brutality. Well, guess they showed her, didn’t they?
  • The science behind introversion and extroversion. (Yes, this subject fascinates me; you can tell.)
  • Cannabis may help treat bone fractures. Darn! Why didn’t somebody tell me that two months ago?
  • The house that saved their marriage. Most of us don’t have the resources, but I’ve thought this sort of living arrangement would be great ever since, as a teenager, I read about writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who (clear back in the 18th century) had a similar living arrangement with philosopher William Godwin.
  • The velociraptor poodle?
  • Joel already blogged this one, but it’s too good to pass up. This wannabe robber survived, but if there’s a non-fatal runner-up category for the Darwin Awards, he’s a shoo-in. (I read in another article that, in addition to everything else, the helpful customer was a high school wrestler.)
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  • This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
  • A social justice warrior has doubts about herself.
  • I’m no Rand Paul fan. But suing to stop the horrible FATCA law is a fine idea.
  • One good thing about the Greek crisis. If you’re in the market for a private island, you can now get a fire-sale price on one. Relatively speaking.
  • Are these the death throes of Flash? (H/T PT)
  • TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
  • Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  • Okay, these small houses may not be “tiny” in Tumbleweed terms. But boy, I’d take any of ’em in a heartbeat.
  • What a diaper-wetting crybaby. Using the government to ease his hurt feelings, of course.
  • Upon his 85th birthday, Thomas Sowell looks back on the uneducated people who helped raise him above his roots.
  • People who radically change their spending habits via radical rethinking. They’re inspiring. Entertaining. Great examples. But how come they always seem to be young urban dwellers without, you know, gigantic house remodel projects going on? Or six kids to feed? Don’t get me wrong; giving up a daily Starbucks or buying fewer cosmetics can be a big thing to a yuppie & it’s a great mind change. But the rest of us …
  • Jim Bovard … theater critic??? (And critic of DC’s empty culture.)
  • For those of a certain generation: the story behind Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.”

For those who need a Joplinesque reminder:

And a bonus, from Reason TV, the TSA’s 12 signs you’re a terrorist:

Claire Wolfe

Old Blue is back

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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The seller and I agreed on a 30% price reduction from what we’d originally established (which is also more than 30% under Kelley Blue Book) + three months of he’ll-fix-anything-that-goes-wrong.

I was getting along just fine on foot and with occasional boosts from neighbors and friends, but I was aware of the many possible ways in which I might not do so fine without making serious impositions on good people.

And besides … I kinda missed Ole Blue. It’s a nice little ride.

Now I only hope I don’t regret this … that it lasts until the Elio comes on the market … and that the Elio turns out at least vaguely to resemble the claims being made for it.

And yes, in the meantime, the Xterra will still get some attention. But no driving until I’m sure it won’t die in the middle of the highway.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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