- The future of the web looks a lot like bitcoin. Rather technical, but about the onrushing tech model more than the currency. (H/T MSJ)
- It just ain’t true that people have given up wanting online privacy. What’s going on is more like resignation. But resignation can lead to later resistance.
- Ah, those peskily persistent census workers. They’re at it again. (Via Jim B. in comments)
- How can someone — even if she is a politician — be such an empty vessel?
- Last stand of the old white male politicians. Just because it’s by Mark Steyn and he writes so well.
- Designer creates a font that reminds you whenever you type any of the thousands of the words that cue the NSA in to the fact that you’re a “terrorist.”
- And just a reminder: If you haven’t yet v*ted for The Zelman Partisans there are still several more weeks. You can help not only by v*ting for TZP, but by spreading the word to your blog readers, friends, neighbors, gun club members, Twitter followers, FB friends, etc. It’s clear TZP isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it’s continuing to hold its own.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
- Time to do another emergency update on your flash player. (H/T MJR)
- A modest proposal for economically illiterate New York Times opinionists.
- Now that the Nazgul have (probably) ensured the future of Obamacare, even liberal media feel it’s safe to point out the obvious.
- It appears there may be a link between SSRI antidepressants and birth defects. But not to worry. Even though some SSRIs may more than double your baby’s chance of being born without a brain, it’s still a small risk.
- Even if you’re born with a brain, you’re hardly out of the woods. Childhood stress alters our DNA.
- Sorry; I’m a bit behind with this. But over at TZP, I write about resistance to deadly evil. Even by those who are armed only with principles and outrage.
- If you’ve wondered whatever became of great freedomista SF writer Victor Koman, Wendy McElroy points to an update: after many rough years Victor’s closing in on his Ph.D and could use some assistance.
- And in your eeew, ick, but wow news of the day: Carnivorous plants communicate with bats.
… not in this getup, anyhow.
T minus 49 minutes to wasp nuking. No, I’m not sitting around roasting inside all that gear. That was just a trial run for the selfie.
- Oh man, this creep should be Bloomberg’s next anti-gun spokesthing. “I just … um, yeah, I just found the gun right there on the bench! And as soon as I picked it up it started … um, going off all by itself! Three times!”
- I have no idea whether Ellen Pau should be fired. But this Reddit revolt is impressive in this day of corporatized Internet.
- I officially doubt this ever happened. But I can see good horror movie material here. (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- More on the Texas plan to repatriate and store the state’s gold. A hint at secession?
- Did foreign governments (including perhaps our “good friends” the Saudis) bankroll 9/11? And more importantly, why aren’t we allowed to know?
- You should read Maggie McNeill’s July 4th post “My Police State ‘Tis of Thee.” But even more, read her July 4, 2014 post “The Spirit of ’76.” Which is actually about the Roman Empire.
- Kevin Wilmeth on the larger picture of the “you MUST bake my cake” bullying.
- Seven political cartoons for your post-Fourth pleasure. (H/T Shel in comments)
- California’s gun-running anti-gunner Leland Yee pleads guilty.
- This is the first article I’ve read from Bloomberg’s new anti-gun “journalistic” venture, The Trace. As I’ve heard, it seems to meld legitimate-looking reporting with Bloombergian hysteria. Oh yeah, “street toughs” are just looking to get their hands on M1s so they can commit “common crime.”
- A former federal judge denounces the majority of the sentences she ever passed. (Why do these uber-establishment types always wait until afterward to take a stand?)
- Can the bacteria in your gut affect your mood?
- Well, then, how about the nerve in your gut?
- Business Insider calls these the “funniest” emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Nothing funny about the reminder that those who seek to rule us are as stupid and inept as they are scary.
- Finally, have some gorgeous weather photos courtesy of jed in comments.
Well, I gave back the borrowed Geo Prizm.
I came this close to buying it. In fact, I told the seller yesterday, “If nothing weird happens between now and tomorrow morning, I’ll take it.”
That, of course, was a trigger for all manner of weird. Forgive me if I don’t get into the details. I’m tired of this.
Anyhow, it was a nifty little car. Great fun to drive. Smooth. But despite all the assurances, I don’t think I’d have ever felt completely at ease with a vehicle that old and that high-mileage. Questions about the seller’s mechanical competence tilted the deal in the direction of no.
Now it’s back to going on foot (and sometimes in the cars of friends and neighbors) while I gradually try another thing or two to fix the Xterra. Next thought: siphon out the gas and replace it with non-ethanol fuel.
But once the ankle is working really reliably again, fact is that I don’t need a vehicle as much as most people do.
- Oh, so very much boo-hoo-hoo. Former Russian spy (and crook) claims he got screwed by the dishonorable FBI after he defected.
- “Passive Congress, Communist President, Active Supremes.” So what else is new?
- Exactly my opinion of nature.
- ICANN and Hollywood are joining forces to try to end domain privacy.
- And via Brad at WendyMcElroy.com comes word that Google is now trying to out-NSA the NSA by secretly planting listening devices on our computers via its Chrome browser (and even the open source Chromium version).
- You, too, can build your own drone. In under 30 minutes, so they say.
No, I’m not getting married. I’ve just borrowed this car for a couple of days.
It’s old. It’s borrowed. It’s blue. It’s also for sale.
I did something on Thursday (no idea what) to stress my ankle. Now I realize I was overly optimistic about strolling to town three or four times a week so soon after breaking it.
The car is a 1993 Geo Prizm with 219,000 miles on it. Sounds awful on at least two counts, doesn’t it? Maybe three. Until you realize it’s actually a Toyota Corolla in disguise. Online reviews sing its praises — troublefree! cheap to own!
Still … risky to buy such an aged thing, I fear. OTOH, it had extensive maintenance less than 30k miles ago (including a timing belt and new water pump), its history is local and well-known, and it comes with a promise that the seller will personally fix anything that goes wrong with it in the first year. Running great so far.
Oh, and it gets nearly double the Xterra’s gas mileage.
Meantime, I have a bunch of boxes to take the the PO and groceries to get. I’ll rollerskate to town in this little thing.
- 10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita. One is actually slightly surprising.
- Apparently artificial intelligence has reached the stage of producing bright but balky adolescents. (H/T PT)
- Well, not quite down to just two choices. There’s always a third choice when it comes to dealing (or not dealing) with out-of-control governments: creative disregard.
- A most epic community-wide checkpoint refusal. (Tip o’ hat to MSJ)
- Coming someday to a country near you? As of last night, only 40% of ATM machines in Greece still had money in them.
I’ve been collecting links on the Confederate flag idiocy — collecting links and absurdities by the thousands, it seems — then closing the pages again and letting them go.
I hope to have something to say about this cultural cleansing and how rapidly it’s consumed the brains of heretofore sane individuals and corporate managers. But frankly, the whole business is so flabbergasting I haven’t yet thought of the right words.
Joel had some appropriate words about it of course. I’ll try to find some good words myself.
No, that’s not the answer to life, the universe, and everything (+50). That’s how hot it got here yesterday.
It’s cooler this morning but managing to be gray, dry, muggy, and threatening all at once. We are under something called a “Red Flag Fire Weather Warning,” which I’ve never heard of before.
Usually our weather maps are more greenish. Never seen this orangey-purply stuff before.
Though theoretically there’s a Craigslist covering my area, most of the activity on it is hours away. So I never pay any attention to it.
But I got to looking at Hondas, Toyotas & such yesterday and found one newer-model Honda way, way, way too cheap with no explanation at all. Except there were some cuss marks (&^5$#) in the headline, clearly indicating some sort of story.
I emailed the woman (supposed woman, but who knows), who responded with a tragic account about how the car was in perfect shape but it belonged to her recently killed son (cut down in the prime of his youth by a drunk — while on his way to his little brother’s birthday party, yet) and she couldn’t stand the sight of it. Now she just wants to get rid of it. If I want it, send my contact info.
I’d asked earlier where within my Craigslist area the car was located. She hadn’t replied. When I asked again … she sent me a long story about the car being in Macon, GA, but she had a prior arrangement with eBay motors to ship it anywhere in the country and I’d have five days to inspect it and return it on her dime … blah blah blah. And if you want it send your contact info.
I went back to Craigslist and found — no surprise — that the listing had been pulled. But there was another, for a $2000 Lexus that was so suspiciously similar. Cuss marks in the title, email addy identifying the “seller” as a woman, same basic info about the vehicle as the other listing, incredible price, no location given.
Fascinating. Do people actually send thousands of dollars to strangers for cars they’ve never laid eyes on? Heck, I feel sort of doofussy for responding to the ad at all, let alone giving a moment’s credence to the “tragic” story. But sending money is a whole different thing.
I know Craigslist has all the perils of doing any sort of business with random strangers. I know the ‘Net can be a strange and perilous place. But are vehicle listings like this a known Craigslist “thing”? Or have I just run into some rogue weasel?
ADDED: Some readers seem to think I don’t understand that this is absolutely, without question a scam. I do understant that. I was a little slow on the uptake, but as soon as I heard the BS about Macon, GA, and eBay shipping, I headed right back to Craigslist to report it and I blacklisted the scammer’s email. I’m just wondering how common this particular sort of scam is.
Was thinking this morning — no idea why — about a friend who was once arrested on the absolutely magnificent (and no doubt Victorian) charge of “tending to lead an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.” A kind of catch-all charge, I gather, for underage kids who weren’t actually caught in any specific act, but who were nevertheless up to no good.
A 17-year-old high school senior, he was busted at a college party where drugs figured heavily. Apparently that high-flown charge was originally invented by reformists committed to the belief that minors were salvageable and as yet incapable of actually leading an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.
I can confirm that my friend was already thoroughly immersed in lewdness and dissolution (which eventually killed him) but not idleness. On the contrary, he was a diligent, focused worker who got a full-time job at 18, never left it, and continued to rise in the ranks despite being stoned out of his mind half the time he was on the clock. He bought a house when he’d barely turned 21 and owned lots of toys for his genuinely idle druggie friends to steal while he was at work.
As it happened, the “idle, lewd, and dissolute” charge had to be dropped because cops made the mistake of tossing him into a cell with adults when he was underage. So the Victorians never got a chance to save his tender young self from dissolute ways. Not that they’d have succeeded in any case. Never in my life did I know anybody so determined on slow self-destruction.
Speaking of being highly functional while on drugs, a new study casts doubts on the arbitrary blood-THC levels pot-legalizing states have chosen for punishing drivers.
Creepy story: “I am the Watcher.”
No doubt the culprit’s going to turn out to be some obnoxious but otherwise harmless neighbor with a grudge. And with a large collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books in his library.
Forget Obamacare. The real, long-term disaster the Supremes perpetrated this week in King v Burwell was to define their job as being to help incompetents in the other branches grow the government.
Separation of powers. Yeah. Thanks, you Hamiltonian federalists.
David Codrea has landed at The Truth About Guns. Kind of a surprise. But I hope he’s landed firmly on his feet and found a forum that will allow him to do what he does best — and do well at doing it.