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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

The last minutes: Inside the cockpit of Air France Flight 447

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

… and how human error begets automation, which in turn increases human error.

One of the most harrowing things you’ll ever read.

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Ya know, takes a lot longer to come up with a links dump of good, useful stuff than collect a bunch of interesting nooz. But we try, we try.

Finally some thanks are in order. I didn’t mean to bleg when I wrote about the latest roof troubles. Yeah, that was a shock and a blow (and not only to the structure). But it’s also … well, life in old houses. After what you guys already did, I’m not asking a thing.

But yesterday, in came two $50 donations. So big thanks, MK and SH, for lifting my mood — and helping lift that wacky roof.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links etc.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Sorry about the loooooong BHM-wide downage yesterday, guys. Oliver the webmaster tells me it was the result of a security update gone awry at the hosting company. But all should be well now.

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Today is the day The Great Roof Project begins! Two stages. The first involves returning part of the roof to its original form (after a long-ago “improvement” done by a committee of chimpanzees on a no-bid government contract). After that, the actual roofing crew comes in.

Crews must coordinate with each other on timing. Weather holding so far. Might have a few nervous-making days. But winter should be dry inside — thanks to you.

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Now for some links. I’m shifting away from “news” as I mentioned the other day so it takes a little longer collecting good stuff. Fortunately, I get by with a little help from my friends.

  • In business: the case for recruiting weirdos. (Hey, that might be us!)
  • Although this item is kind of “news” (it being about how people hate Eric Holder), I’m linking it as “anti-news.” Note the percentage of those polled who simply don’t know who the guy is. I used to think such ignorance was shocking and dangerous. Now? I rather envy it.
  • How the power of no saved my life. (James Altucher’s off-kilter notion of no. H/T Randall in comments.)
  • For those who are rilly, rilly, rilly serious about their guns, old acquaintance Ian of Forgotten Weapons, is now producing episodes of InRange.tv. It’s pay-per-episode, but with Ian you always know you’ll get something you can’t find elsewhere. (Via Joel)
  • I was going to save this for Halloween. But what the heck; weird dog videos are always in season. (Tip o’ hat and a smile to Jim B. in comments.)
Claire Wolfe

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Actually lemon grass, sage, oregano, chamomile, catnip, and thyme. :-) All from MamaLiberty’s garden.

The package was so aromatic I’m surprised somebody didn’t call out the SWAT team.

Thank you, ML. First thing on the agenda tonight will be to brew me a nice cup of chamomile tea.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
  • “Work’s for Squares.” The (unsurprising?) decline of labor-force participation.
  • But on the good side of that subject … Wally Conger reviews my How to Kill the Job Culture despite the fact that it’s been out of print for several years. Hm. If I can find those old files or get somebody to OCR the book for me, maybe a Kindle edition is in order?
  • Ken at Popehat says yes, there is more to that incident of the teacher arrested over his SF novels. Ken also opens with the best description of media-cop relations I’ve ever read. (H/T jed in comments)
  • Making the rounds today: Video of a polite young man shutting down cops who demand to search his home.
  • Eichmann: still evil but perhaps not so banal.
  • Same old story, same old song. Once again everybody’s a “terrorist” except of course the actual terrorists. (per Shel in comments)
  • Economics as explained by The Simpsons. I’m not sure whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing that somebody proposes to teach economic principles this way in college.
  • Not being urban, I hadn’t heard of the phenomenon of turning HOV lanes into toll lanes for those prosperous enough to pay for better “highway service.” Figures that Robert Poole (who loves all things “privatization” even when they’re really just all things crony capitalist) would be for it and agin’ the activists opposing it.
Claire Wolfe

Today is fall — prep time, too

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Today is fall. Tomorrow, summer comes creeping back and by Friday it’s expected to be mid-July again. But today is fall — mild, gray, and showery — and I feel ready for it.

We’ve had a glorious summer. A rare treat for this part of the world. And I’ve been dreading the end of long, warm days and the inevitable closing-in of winter.

But no more. After the JPFO debacle and months of hard work (both work-work and house projects), I’m ready to hibernate. Ready to draw within, be idle, read books, eat soups and stews, do little, and be beholden to nobody.

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Fall is history’s time for preparedness. And just in time, the fedgov (without which we could, of course, do nothing) decrees preparedness upon us. Yes, we now have National Preparedness Month.

The irony is strong with this one. Do we prepare and be good, responsible citizens as Our Glorious Leader urges? Or do we prepare and become terrorist suspects as the FBI sees us? Decisions, decisions …

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But prepare we do.

Part of my preparedness this fall (thanks to you!) is preparing a solid roof overhead. Another part is adding alternative, non-electric heat — nothing fancy, just useful. Another is laying in extra food for the critters.

Yet another involves stocking a couple of treats. Because in the darkest, coldest of winter, treats make the difference between mere Stygian gloom and Stygian gloom to the point of wanting to put your head in an oven.

Some friends and I went to a presentation on the Thrive brand of freeze-dried foods early last week and while we all agreed that multi-level marketing (the main way Thrive foods are sold) is a tool of the devil, we also agreed that was some of the finest storage food we’d ever tasted. So my friends set up a Thrive “Q” for monthly orders. In August, blackberries, pineapple chunks, and real sausage bits were all on sale. So using their “Q” and without getting on anybody’s damnable List, I indulged.

I’ve never had actual meat in my long-term storage larder before. If it’s good, I expect the small can of sausage I bought won’t turn out to be so long term. :-)

My friends, lucky them, have a super-dooper packaging machine (a chamber sealer) that can not only do regular vacuum packs of food, but also easily make last-not-quite-forever retort pouches. Since they fish, hunt, garden, gather, and scout, that machine gets a lot of use. I have a standing invitation to try it. Haven’t yet, but it’s a good answer to the question, “What’s a single woman with a small appetite supposed to do with an opened #10 can o’ stuff?”

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So … you’re already prepared. I know it. But are you upping your preps this fall? And if so, are you doing it just because it’s fall and that’s a good time? Or are you doing it because this year seems more ominous, more dangerous, than most?

What are your best prep ideas for this year and this season?

Here, BTW, is Survival Mom’s list of lists for preppers. Some useful, some less so. Decent read in any case.

Now I’m going to go don my furry slippers and have a nice, hot cup of tea.

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
  • Tam? Tam, where have you gone? Your blog was one of the stones on which the gunblogosphere was built.
  • Doctors getting fed up with their profession. No surprise. Not really news. But an interesting perspective from a physician.
  • “Who owns your children?” Bayou Renaissance Man asks after last week’s case of a family subjected to an international manhunt for disagreeing with their son’s doctors.
  • What do you know about MaidSafe? Is this the future of communications privacy? (H/T PB in comments)
  • Teacher arrested over school shootings — that he wrote about in novels. David Codrea notes that we don’t know the whole story, but it doesn’t sound good.
  • Puppy love. Between a cheetah cub and a yellow Lab pup.
Claire Wolfe

Holiday ramble

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Well, did you enjoy your Labor Day? Or your Labour Day, for you in furrin parts who have enough leisure time to sit around adding extra letters to your holidays.

Did you spend sufficient time honoring (or is that honouring?) your public-sector overlords?

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I laboured all weekend — drywalling until I got worn out, then going outside and painting the house to relax. I got covered in powdery gypsum, then in latex paint, then in that gooey white joint compound that always seems to drop in fat, heavy, gelatinous glops no matter how careful you are with it. I cussed a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, August 29th, 2014
  • What? Eric Holder a hypocrite? Nooooo.
  • Why, that would be as unthinkable as saying cops are lying thugs or that they get away with things that would send the rest of us to prison.
  • Why, that would even be like saying that feds and local cops are conspiring to keep information out of the hands of judges. Couldn’t happen. This is Murrica!
  • Isn’t that cute? The NSA has its own search engine just for sharing information about us.
  • Sigh. Another hopeful libertarian project collapses into a rubble heap of fraud and scandal.
  • Oh well. Here’s something useful (and maybe even fun) to do while waiting for Truth, Justice, and the Murrican Way to triumph: make your own knife without power tools. (link fixed!)
  • ADDED: Per jed in comments on today’s other post: pit bull saves kid from swarm of bees. (Needed a little more good news here.)
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Finally, via Keith in a comment over at Joel’s Gulch, here’s a funny for ya. The Expert. If you’ve been in the corporate world you’ll identify.

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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