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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.

Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Friday links

Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Wednesday links

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I am (really) still cogitating on the topic I started the other day on defining ourselves. Comments (particularly from Ellendra and Paul Bonneau) have got my brain headed off in a different direction and I’ll simply have to wait and see if I can chase after it and catch it long enough to get something coherent down on pixels.

Meantime, here are some links, some related to that topic (though not always in an obvious way), some not at all.

  • The end of neighbors. Or, this being a Canadian article, “The End of Neighbours.” The loss of neighborliness is a) not very good for us and b) exactly what we want.
  • Portrait of Tom Palmer — the unlikely man who challenged D.C.’s gun laws and won. In case you missed it, Kurt Hofmann also had a good take on Palmer last week at JPFO.
  • Wired (specifically the great James Bamford) interviews Snowden on (among other things) why he became a whistleblower.
  • While researching for part II of “Defining Ourselves,” I went down this pathway and found the amazing variety of people and organizations who helped Jews during the Holocaust, and the equally amazing variey of ways they did it.
  • On the topic of genocide … old colleague R. sent a link to this beautiful song about aftermath and rage. Patty Griffin: Cold as it Gets. Lyrics here.
  • Bob Owens takes apart “smart guns.” Not that you’ll be surprised by any of the info. But being Bob Owens, he says it thoroughly and well.
Claire Wolfe

Weird morning

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

After a day of record-setting heat and several weeks of that unfamiliar element, sunshine, today dawned gray. The sky is a solid, featureless mass. For hours, thunder has rumbled near-constantly off in the distance.

No lightning visible. No dramatic boomers. Just a perpetual drumroll, first from the southwest, then from the northeast. Ceaseless.

Its full day outside but the house lights are on, pallid, greenish, and barely seeming to illuminate anything. No mere human-generated watts and volts can penetrate the preternatural gloom.

On goes the perpetual rolling of the sky, moving closer now. I get an inkling of why primitive people conceived of gods — and feared them.

Claire Wolfe

Robin Williams. Gone? That’s nuts.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014


A time or two I’ve heard about somebody’s suicide and secretly thought they did the right thing, saving themselves or their families years of living hell. Other times, suicide has seemed like a rational, or at least a reasonable, choice after a life well-lived but now winding down.

But Robin Williams? Robin Williams??? Of course he had demons. He laid them out before the world. But he also had such energy, empathy, manic joy, delight in a world whose every sound and action seemed to pass through him as if he were a human translator of all things wacky and strange. Robin Williams killing himself?

No, it’s just too … impossible.

Here are the three best articles memorializing him.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 11th, 2014
  • Does it strike anybody else that these “enchanted” (or enhanced) versions of everyday objects are mostly annoying, infantilizing, or both? (Do like the luggage tracker, though!)
  • Wow. Lawnorder. Protect and serve. A pair of cop parents collude to kill their daughter’s boyfriend — immediately after meeting him. (H/T MtK)
  • Oh panic! Oh hysteria! Oh, Fox how could such an idiotic article have made it past your BS filters? Somebody, somewhere, sometime might carry a gun into a bank. Which would be deadly! Catastrophic! And cause firefights to mow down innocents! (Never mind that we don’t have a single fact to back our “expert” assertions.) Oh, the horror. Quick! Bring me my smelling salts! (Tip o’ hat to LA)
  • Bob Owens: Walmart SWAT-ing looks worse every day. That poor guy.
  • Okay, I know you’re busy giving all your spare cash to ME. And of course that’s as it should be ;-). JKJKJK. But pal Nicki has a fundraiser going for her local animal rescue. You might want to take a look. It started as a “save my cat” plea, but when the beloved kitty didn’t make it, she started directing the contributions to charity.
  • Speaking of Nicki, she’s done an aaaaaa-freakin’-mazing job with JPFO social media. But I don’t know how she stands to engage up close and personal with those chronic hoplophobics.
  • And speaking of cats, how ’bout a war-driving kitteh? Yikes!

I’ll be back with more later on yesterday’s “defining ourselves” post. Apologies for the abrupt and wandering conclusion. I was blogging after my usual bedtime last night and suddenly realized my brain wasn’t keeping up with my keyboarding fingers.

Claire Wolfe

Randomness and thanks in lieu of a blogosaurus

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

I’m working on a blogosaurus post, which I hope to have within the next few days. Meanwhile, here’s some randomness for you.

But first (and absolutely foremost), many thanks. Your generosity and support have been mind boggling. After the first red-hot week the roof-raising bleg looked as if it was going to stall out.

But nope. Old friends and new have just kept the funds coming. Robbie, Ava, and Kitsu the cat will all thank you for the dryness this winter. And you darned betcha, so will I.

Now, on to randomness, trivia, and the collection and dispersal of linkage …

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Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
  • David Codrea goes digging for the grass roots of the latest “local” anti-gun group … and guess who he finds? Nice detective work, David.
  • Salt Lake City police investigate themselves for the slaughter of a dog in its own backyard … and guess what they find?
  • But enough bad news about dogs. Here are a pair of good things. An IKEA store puts life-size cutouts of shelter dogs to show customers how well those needy dogs would go with their new IKEA furniture. And just for laughs: Sofa Dogs!
  • And via naturegirl in comments: Valiant elderly dog, unwanted by two owners gets the home she deserves.
  • Heartwarming: Long-lost brothers find each other after 70 years.
  • Heartbreaking: Ryochiji prepares to say goodbye to his cabin in Serenity Valley as fire threatens. Hoping for the best with those precautions you’ve taken, Ryochiji.
  • Have you taken your Obama loyalty oath yet? It’s despicable that some of his pet senators are calling on him to bypass our “representatives.” Economic morons. Constitutional morons. Moral morons. And did I mention … morons?
  • Yes, you had to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it. Okay, so now we know. And the more we know the less we like.
Claire Wolfe


Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I just came home from morning errands to find my street blocked by serious PUD equipment. Seems they’re doing major electrical work that they neglected to tell anybody about.

I have now apparently been “officially” notified that my power will be out most of the day today. Thank heaven I have no deadlines. But I had hoped to catch up on email. I’m seriously overdue with a few people. Sorry, guys; you’ve waited this long and now you’ll have to wait a few hours longer. (And no, I haven’t gotten that generator yet and it’s still going to be a while.)

I’ll take this opportunity to shingle a wall. See ya’ll later.

And thanks for the BIG boost to the roof-raiser today. Much appreciated!

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 4th, 2014
  • Remember when “making a federal case” out of something meant it was a super-serious matter? Well, not so much now. (H/T G)
  • Did development of modern human beings require diminished testosterone?
  • Did it also require … but wait, let a neuroscientist tell you her brilliant ideas. The TED talk. The transcript. (Good one, LA!)
  • Funny. Don’t recall Jesus ever saying that you’d be able to recognize his disciples by their works multi-million dollar residences.
  • Eleven things humans do that dogs hate. (But wait just a minute. My pups love to get hugs from the right person.)
  • I was going to save this until next Independence Day after Chris dropped the link into comments last week. But naw. It’s good any time: “Why I don’t pledge allegience (or why I won’t swear fealty to a sovereign lord).”

Will aim for having part II of “Poverty vs Poverty” later today. Not sure when.

Meantime, don’t forget to keep a roof over my head!

Claire Wolfe

Poverty vs poverty

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

I once briefly dated a guy who lived from hand to mouth. He got by on about $600 a month, mostly donated by friends who thought he was a starving genius. Literally he never knew at the beginning of the month whether he’d have enough to make it to the end without going hungry.

He was also a mega-slob. But he always said that if he someday had enough money to live in a nice place he was sure his “naturally clean self” would keep it impressively neat and spotless.

At the time, I lived in a house that was tiny but a gem. I’d bought it from a young architect who’d remodeled it for himself and his family and it was a work of love. Mr. Naturally Clean Self would come over and after an hour it would look … well, just like his place. Grime on the counters. Cabinet doors left open. Jackets and shoes discarded in the middle of the floor, furniture askew.

Now I realize some people just aren’t into keeping a tidy house, and that’s dandy. But I laughed at his self-delusion.

He also believed that someday he’d be famous and fabulously wealthy as an author. But of course, he never put a word down on paper — while at the same time he wouldn’t think of holding an actual job or doing freelance work because that would disrupt his spiritual and creative flow.

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Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, August 1st, 2014
  • Okay, I get why Americans abroad with a deadly disease (and their families) would want to be cared for in the U.S. I understand that the fedgov has some obligation to protect U.S. citizens in other countries (though that’s often more theory than practice). What I don’t get is why the CDC would go out of its way to bring an incurable infectious disease to these shores. I don’t care how many “precautions” you take. We’ve seen how well “precautions” often work.
  • “The app I used to break into my neighbor’s home.” Covert key copying goes high tech.
  • The criminalization of parenthood.
  • Forget those sell-by dates. Here’s a site that tells you how long food really lasts. (And IMHO, they’re still being conservative, particularly when it comes to less risky foods.)
  • Wendy McElroy on the NSA and social control.
  • Weird Al Yankovic, grammar maven. :-)

And don’t forget: JPFO is auctioning off Aaron Zelman’s shotgun commemorating the Battle of Athens, Tennessee. Very cool. One of a kind. Auction runs through August 12 at noon.



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