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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

Thursday links

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Deadlining this week as well as doing my small bit to get The Zelman Partisans ready for its next big step (look for it mid-April, Lord willing and the crick don’t rise). So blogging is a bit slow. But got some links for ya …

  • Missed an important anniversary in the history of government on Monday: passage of the Enabling Act. March 23, 1933.
  • Personally, I think if they can’t afford to pay for their own first-class travel, the whole scurvy bunch of ‘em ought to just hitchhike and stay in hostels. And what the heck is a “first lady,” anyhow, and why should any sane human being want one? She wouldn’t be worth it even if she cost only $1.98 in upkeep.
  • One more reason not to live in California: the Obamacare of energy policies.
  • Fabulous opening line: “It’s spring, and just as the appearance of shoots and buds makes you optimistic that winter is departing, so too are there signs around the country that make you optimistic that our leviathan state is, if not departing, at least starting to retreat.” New Mexico abolishes asset forfeiture without criminal conviction.
  • The .sucks domain is almost here — and its price structure makes it look like a very clever shakedown scheme.
  • “We were wolves once …
  • … and maybe some of us still are. (H/T jed from comments)
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
  • Chortle. Mexicans (presumably Mexican yuppies) are now importing pot from the U.S.
  • Sigh. I really thought the Buddhists were better than this. Okay, it’s not Buddhists. It’s the gummint of Myanmar, so not exactly the heart of enlightenment. But still people, get a clue. If you have to force others to respect your holy men, it’s clear you don’t actually think your holy men are worthy of respect on their own.
  • The GNU Manifesto turns 30 this year. (H/T jed)
  • Raising up a whole new generation of shooters. Of course, it’s all the fault of the eeeevil gun industry. But still an encouraging article. (Tip o’ hat to LA)
  • Another powerful one from Mike V: “The E.N.D. Game and the End of Games.” While I hope it never comes to shooting, certainly the nabobs are better targets than their almost endlessly replaceable minions.
  • How it happened in Detroit: one home at a time. Very sad, very well-told story.
  • Two from TZP on the awful doom once again looming over Europe’s Jews: first my take on a recent, must-read Atlantic article; then Y.B. ben Avraham says a shofar is calling Jews home.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Death takes Sir Terry of Discworld

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

AT LAST WE MEET, SIR TERRY.

More.

Given that he had a rare form of early onset Alzheimers, his death at 66 may have been a mercy. But damn. He was the best. The best since Mark Twain. Maybe (we could argue about this) better.

ADDED: It bugs me that the obits are calling Pratchett a “fantasy novelist.” That’s like calling Twain a “writer of adventure stories for boys.” Pratchett’s books, especially the Discworld series, are hilarious social and political satires that just happen to be set in a world populated by vampires, trolls, golems, witches, werewolves, one six-foot-tall dwarf, and let’s not forget that terribly scruffy talking dog, Gaspode.

Claire Wolfe

Hearing hands (h-wording* commercial)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Okay, it’s just another great commercial. But boy, sometimes these days, the most commercial stuff is sooooo cool. (H/T PT)

Source plus a little backstory

* For those who don’t know, this is how I say heartwarming. I’ve been exchanging movie reviews every month with BHM’s webmaster Oliver Del Signore for (yikes!) about 13 years now, and in that time I have so come to loathe movies that are billed as either “heartwarming” or “inspirational” that where film is concerned, I treat those two terms as cuss-words. Thus h-wording and i-wording. Still, even my ice-cold Grinchly heart can be warmed once in a while. :-)

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, March 6th, 2015
  • The newest, most shocking, and “scientifically proven” danger from legal cannabis! Stoned bunny rabbits! Srsly. Not from The Onion. (H/T JW)
  • “The Envy of Frank Underwood.” Is Netflix the prime mover (and prime beneficiary) behind federal control of the Internet?
  • Ever call your credit card company’s customer service line? They might have secretly voice fingerprinted you. If it’s such a great idea to prevent fraud, why aren’t they being upfront about it?
  • Seems all that shrill weirdness coming from the hoplophobe ranks recently isn’t just a side-effect of “gun control.” Even some of the most major distracting drivel is apparently directly planned and paid for by Bloomberg. This is sophisticated psychological warfare in the guise of unsophisticated jibberish.
  • Ilana Mercer on Hillary and her village idiots. ADDED: Tom Knapp has a different view on Hillary’s “emailgate.”
  • Hm. I knew it existed but I never knew there was an “official” science governing it. This is even cooler than the “science” governing stoned bunnies — although come to think of it, this probably also applies to stoned bunnies. Not to mention wily coyotes.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Leonard Nimoy, RIP

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Oh shoot. Spock is dead.

I was never a fan of Star Trek (except in the sense that, for a time, it was the only thing remotely SF-like on television and you take whatever slim pickins you can get). But I was a fan of him. He held up beautifully into old age, too.

Leonard Nimoy, RIP. Spock, live long and prosper.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
  • Verizon makes a sadly hilarious response to the FCC’s “Throwback Thursday” decision to apply steam-engine-and-telegraph standards to the Internet. Get another laugh by clicking on the translation.
  • Prove your identity to Microsoft or they won’t “allow” you to use their products that you’ve paid for? (H/T cat) The author’s claims about U.S. tech losses thanks to snoopery are right on. Will now be interesting to see how U.S. residents and companies route around the new FCC regulations.
  • Beware of being neighborly without a permit.
  • Nice infographics show what’s allowed and what’s not in the four places that have now legalized recreational cannabis.
  • Jim Bovard’s tribute to Mike McNulty includes full-length versions of Mike’s most important (and heartbreaking) videos. I know nothing so far about how Mike died, but Joseph Baltar, who worked with him, left this comment.
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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