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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

Saturday linkfest

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
  • I guess this has been around a while, but I just saw it: David Codrea’s Physician Liability Form. Print this out and hand it to any boundary-violating doctor who tries to poke into your gun ownership!
  • I found that via Kurt Hofmann who delivers a hearty smackdown to Mike the anti-gun “Gun Guy.” Anti-gun Mike’s latest BS is that the doesn’t think disabled people should be “allowed” to defend themselves.
  • Speaking of people who want to determine what’s good for you, the push to data-mine more of our health info is getting stronger and creepier.
  • Larry Page of the increasingly Don’t Be Evil Google thinks he could save “100,000 lives” a year if we’d all just trust him more. This is the same Google that’s basically an arm of the NSA. The same Google that just announced plans to ban all “dangerous” advertising. Which (she sighs with weary resignation) of course includes ads for you-know-what.
  • Oh yes, and it’s the same Google whose already-creepy surveillance products can be hacked so pathetically easily that real hackers wouldn’t even consider it a challenge.
  • But that ain’t nothin’, folks. Ain’t nothin’. You want to see real fanboy worship of Total Control Through Technology (TM)? Read this Economist article on birth-to-death e-ID. Wow. Such glowing. Much foolish. (Doge meme for anyone who thinks I’ve just lost all sense of grammar.)
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
  • The federal no-fly list is unconstitutional. So says a judge. Not (apparently) because the fedgov is arbitrarily and secretly denying people their right to travel, but because it’s not offering a good enough appeals process for arguing our way off. Don’t expect much to change.
  • Gadzooks, it appears that the pampered darling Chelsea Clinton is even more out-of-touch than Mommy C. (Via Never Yet Melted)
  • Church knowingly hires registered sex offender (pedophile) as pastor. The predictable happens. But I suppose you could say this dude was a step above their previous pastor. Or … um, maybe not.
  • The security state as a bumbling giant. Gads, I love you, Borepatch. Love that bit of coding you blogged about, too.
  • Happiness is being a loser. Well, maybe not exactly. But this 2012 article nails how I perceive matters. I know positive thinking works for natural-born positive thinkers. But those of us who were born to see the glass as half empty have reasons — and a certain wisdom. Trying to force optimism has never done anything but make me grumpy from disappointment.

If you’re wondering when part II of my “observations on being obsolete” piece might be coming along — fear not. I’m working on it. it’s just that I’m also deadlining on three articles, too. So a little more patience.

In the meantime, always remember: We Our Lords and Masters Shall Overcome.”

And if that isn’t the most inspiring embarassing thing you’ve seen all year, I’d like to know what is.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
  • The government has finally gone too far! (Says Jim Bovard, a man who’s fond of a good cheap cigar.)
  • Why time seems to speed up as we get older and some creative ways to slow it down.
  • I hope Tesla’s recent bold move of open-sourcing its patents pays off. History and a good guess says it’s likely to greatly benefit the electric vehicle industry as a whole, but not Tesla, specifically.
  • Off-grid goes upscale. Especially offshore.
  • The naked self-interest of the managerial state. No surprises, but telling, nevertheless.
  • 50 photos from the past that’ll get you thinking.
Claire Wolfe

Some thrift-store items are like pound puppies

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I know, I know. Don’t remind me. I’m in de-stuffing mode. Just moments ago, it seems, I wrote about how burdened I feel by all my excess stuff — how utterly, urgently, madly desperate I am to rid myself of clutter. Oh, poor, poor, poor pitiful me!

Yes, yes, I know I claim to crave some zen-like purity and simplicity of thought and environment.

Still.

Some thrift-store items truly are like pound puppies, practically whining and giving that big, sad-eye “Oh, please take me home ’cause I need you so badly!” look. To wit:

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You have to understand. It’s not the trayness of this tray that made me have to give it a home this afternoon. It’s the story.

« Read the rest of this entry »

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, June 20th, 2014

That fascinating musical group Ok Go (they of the mind-bendingly geeky videos and the slightly forgettable music) have done it again. They’ve released their first new video in several years. Despite its sad dearth of dogs, this maze of optical illusions done in their standard one-shot (or so they make it appear) technique is still pretty awesome.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Okay, cat people. Enjoy. It’s a commercial, but another good one:

If the voice and approach sound familiar, it’s because you remember Sad Dog Diary and Sad Cat Diary.

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Week drawing to its hectic, weary end links

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
  • If you held out some tiny hope that Obama might not be as complete an economic moron as you thought him to be, read this and Lasciate ogni speranza. Yes, a raft of new federal controls will make energy cheaper!
  • Speaking of economic moronism: Under the inspiration of a Socialist city council member and waves and waves of trendy blueness, Seattle gone went and done it — raised the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour. For a while they may be saved by all the ifs, ands, and butts they included.
  • And on the other side of governmental asininity: Court official in Virginia refuses to perform a marriage because the couple aren’t Christians and therefore have no right to get married.
  • But wait! Governments have no monopoly on idiocy. Seems that hurricanes with female names kill more people, and it may be because people don’t think “girly” hurricanes are as dangerous, and therefore don’t flee or take as many precautions against them. (Oh, human beings, you are so very strange!)
  • Oh man. I didn’t realize that the latest baby-burning cops were also the preacher-killing cops from a few years back. I just love how the sheriff dismisses all this with, “Bad things can happen. That’s just the world we live in.” A fine statement from the guy who’s making the bad things happen. Tear ‘em a new one, Mr. Grigg.
  • “Things I Learned from My Father.” A moving tribute (and good gun talk) from Jerry the Geek. (And Jerry, with a dad like that, I think you might be exaggerating slightly about your lack of DIY skills.)
  • This one’s already gotten around a lot, but what the heck. It deserves all the attention. Bloomberg’s “Moms” demand action at a Tulsa Chipotle — and they get it. :-)
Claire Wolfe

America’s 10 most terrible (historic) natural disasters

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

What people suffered and what we learned.

(But there’s been worse than these — far worse — when nobody was around to record the history.)

Article is from 2006, but timeless.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Oh, now that’s just mean …

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