- Well, at least you might have some recourse if Microsoft sneak-upgrades your computer to its Windows 10 malware.
- This one’s for you who live within the New Madrid fault zone — or anybody who’s a follower of megaquakes and their lore.
- Britain is a part of Europe and will remain so, says Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, prominent figure of the “Leave” campaign, and possible successor to David Cameron.
- One of the few relatively dispassionate looks at key issues behind the Brexit. It wasn’t all just “hate!” and “racism!” on one side and “we know what’s good for you” on the other.
- Sheesh. And here’s one more good reason to avoid political entanglements with the EU.
- The most gorgeous art deco buildings in Los Angeles. (H/T TSO)
- Emotions you never knew you had.
- OUCH! Ranking the pain of stinging insects. Rather colorfully, too.
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I owe hat tips for several of these items, but I’ve fogotton to whomm I owe them all, so please accept much general hat tipping.
- Preferring to avoid negative campaigning is one thing. Libertarian candidates sucking up to Hillary on media demand is another.
- Don’t care about the Brexit that’s consuming the world’s media right now? Well, how ’bout a Texit — a Texas exit? (I’m amused at those “constitutional scholars” who say a U.S. state can’t secede from the union. The constitution neither said nor implied that; only overwhelming military force said that. Doesn’t take any scholar to see 600,000 dead people.)
- Following up on Friday’s Irish rebellion references, here are 50 things you didn’t know about the 1916 Easter Rising. With photos.
- Your computer. In your home. has no Fourth Amendment protection if feddies choose to hack it. Dumb decision!
- And biometrics march on.
- The lefties claim demographics will be on their side in the future. But what if the whole “blue model” of urban living is doomed by telecommuters?
- Wait. Brent Spiner and his Dr. Brackish Okun will be back in the remake of Independence Day? But didn’t we see him squished to death by an Evil Alien? No, it seems we saw no such thing.
- Humans are funny. It seems people want their driverless cars programmed to kill others, but paradoxically, not kill themselves in exactly the same situations.
- No-fly/no-buy equals no freedom, says Judge Napolitano.
- Another amazing sci-med story: surgeons save a baby whose brain was growing far outside his head
- This is your dog. This is your dog on magic mushrooms. Any questions?
Thomas Paine wrote those words after the shooting had already begun at Lexington and Concord, after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a fact that always surprises me. We tend to think that by that time, the game was on, lines were irrevocably crossed, and everybody who was going to take a side and get involved was already committed. But not quite so.
We of course haven’t even had our Lexington moment yet and frankly I pray we never do. Even in the best cases (and the American Revolution was certainly one of those), shooting wars ultimately play into the hands of the most wily statists. Who shoots first, shoots straightest, has the biggest weaponry, or has “God on their side” doesn’t always determine how free people are once the smoke has cleared.
- “Why Linkedin will make you hate Microsoft.” Wait. What? You don’t already hate Microsoft? But seriously, if they really do what this NYT article says they’re planning, we’re talking whole new levels.
- Wow. Beer can, mama bear, and don’t-forget-the-dog save a woman during a long ordeal. But note what she really wishes she hadn’t left at home.
- Have you ever sensed that Snopes.com, the great All-Powerful Fact-Checker of the Intertubz, sometimes needs fact-checking itself — particularly on political issues? Turns our you’re quite right. Look who’s providing those political “facts”. Makes me sad. Snopes has been a valuable resource and this is slowly destroying their credibility. (H/T OdS)
- Oh, the poo, poo widdle antigun politician. And of course he merely joins the ranks of fellow hypocrites. (That second article is actually about the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Clintons turning the White House into “a brothel.” Quite gross, really. It mentions Hillary’s fondness for firearms only in passing.)
- And speaking of non-hypocrites: history’s top-10 snipers. (H/T DA)
- And Nicki gives it good and hard to an antigun ignoramus.
- Registering women for the draft? Sigh. I suppose it was only a matter of time. But if we must have the sort of bogus “equality” that puts women into combat, could we at least do away with the kind of bogus inequality that makes any young people, let alone all of them, slaves eligible for government disposal?
- Wendy McElroy’s new book on ending rape-culture hysteria is finally out in print. Was only an ebook until now.
- I know these rainbow #shootback posters (Gadsden style!) are old news now in Internet time since Shel put them into comments last week. But they are sooooo beautiful. And so much wiser and more honest than the O-admin’s craven claim that censoring 911 transcripts from the latest murder-for-Mohammed was done “for the victims”.
- Brad R. dropped this in comments, but it’s too good to remain hidden. Leave it to gunblogger Erin Palette to come up with this plan — free firearms training from gunnies to members of the LGBT and beyond community. Good on you, Erin. And good on you, Nicki Kenyon, for inspiring this!
- Is it a crime to be poor? Increasingly, yes.
- OTOH, Ralph Benko says the gold standard will restore upward mobility.
- Donald Trump says you should go to prison if you fail to turn your “suspicious” neighbors in to the cops. And now he’s joining the crowd of both so-called conservatives and so-called progressives who want millions more people deprived of gun rights without due process or any appeal process. Hillary may be a rabid hoplophobe, but at least she’s not a fascist. Not quite, anyhow. (H/T NK)
- Bill O’Reilly’s another “conservative” quick to hop on the anti-gun bandwagon. Doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “regulate,” either.
- But Edward Morrissey gets it. Mostly. This is not the time to go squishy. Not the time to compromise with those whose aim is our total subjugation. Not the time to look for quick fixes that rob more rights. Now, more than ever, is the time to stand up and say NO and HELL NO.
- And there’s human decency amid the carnage.
- Oklahoma cops backtrack — momentarily — on stealing funds out of prepaid cards during traffic stops.
- More support emerges for the two-phase sleep habit.
- In Britain, support swings toward the Brexit, and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard states the good case. British bookies, however, still predict Britain will remain in the EU. Pity.
- I think mere minimalism — in the sense of getting rid of possessions and acquiring fewer of them — is overrated. It doesn’t strike at the root of the problem of a cluttered, misdirected life. Clutter and excess are symptoms, not causes. Still, if you struggle with material too-muchness these tips are pretty decent.
- When do you know it’s time? No, not to shoot the bastards, but to put down your dog. This is a question I’ve been asking for two years about Robbie, who turns 15 right about now. He’s happy, but fading. Furrydoc and I both hope he’ll just quietly die in his sleep one night.
- Yet another way cynical, opportunistic cops (and governments in general) quash our desires to be kind to our fellow man. Foul parasites. And apparently Canadian sneaks are no better than U.S. sneaks. (H/T JB)
- Ohhhhh gawwwwwwd. Not agaiiiiiin. First Sudafed goes behind the counter and gets your name into a police registry. Now over-the-counter diahhrea meds — yes, Immodium, of all things — get targeted as part of Dreaded Scourge of Opiod Abuse.
- It’s one thing to carry your heart on your sleeve. Entirely another to carry your heart on your back for over a year.
- Well, I wouldn’t v*te for Trump if somebody put a gun to my head. But even so, being a gay, Hispanic Trump supporter doesn’t merit having your nose broken by leftist thugs.
- People have called Windows 10 malware. But I figured that was figurative. Turns out that, given its recent, extremely deceptive sneak-install behavior, it actually is malware, by Microsoft’s own definition. MS’s vile sneakery has been confirmed by knowledgeable sources. Beware any pop-ups from MS!
- Fascinating. The FDA and Interpol want to abolish 4,402 international websites selling prescription drugs. This is based on confiscation of 797 parcels in a brief recent period. Think on it. What does that number tell you about the number of parcels that have gotten quietly and safely to customers all this time — customers who are apparently happy with their confidential, and money-saving purchases. People who will want to make similar purchases in the future. Um … good luck with that, bureaucops.
- And speaking of confidentiality (or lack thereof) in prescription drug purchasing … the DEA now wants warrantless access to your legal drug records. AND might hassle or arrest you for perfectly legal activity. (H/T to everybody who sent me this link; I already had it, which just goes to show you this is one to pay real serious attention to, even if you blow off everything else you see here today.)
- Remember the story in our last links post about cops having a new device to let them steal more money during traffic stops? Thought you might be interested in the Department of (Achtung!) Homeland Security’s more favorable take on it. (And what is it they say about the differences between theory and reality again …?) Alas, the courts, as usual, take the pro-gov line in such matters.
- I’m sorry that today’s links have contained so many downers and nothing in the area of nooz you can use. At least we can end on a note of good cheer, courtesy of MJR. Here’s another of those optimistic post-TSHTF flash stories: “Hills” by Joe Miles.
- Cops have a new machine that lets them grab money off your prepaid cards right at roadside. But it’s not about the money. Really it isn’t. Of course not! It’s about … um … erm, identity theft! Yeah, that’s what it’s really about. The cops aren’t just getting more bold and efficient about stealing from you. They’re protecting you! (H/T Fred in comments)
- Oopsie. Looks as if that gun “documentary” wasn’t the only one Couric and pals artfully edited to make their opponents look like dumbasses.
- Great news for people who love both the Web and privacy: WWW creator, Tim Berners-Lee, has joined an effort to reinvent the online world. (H/T JG)
- What is it that Yellowstone tourists don’t understand about “boiling water will reduce you to bones — real quick”? Not the first young guy who’s died this way.
- Unions have joined the effort to end mass incarceration and its hope-killing (and employment-killing) after-effects.
- Speaking of after-effects and just in case anyone needs to be reminded of what a dangerous person and what a whiny, lying, arrogant biotch Hillary has always been …
- Oh no. I knew that fellow gunblogger Northwest Freethinker (aka GayCynic) was very ill. But didn’t know he was gone. He saw to it that he departed in style, though.
- Speaking of style: Former sportswriter chronicles his own Alzheimers journey.
- Coming our way courtesy of central bankers: the next Lehman Brothers moment.
- Why cops shoot dogs. Do we even need to ask? (via Wendy and Brad’s place)
- And in bittersweet dog news: the last 911 search dog dies — but after a good, long life. (Tip o’ hat to LA)
- Sigh. It had to happen. One faction in the cannabis legalization movement sics the cops on another faction that it perceives as cutting into its profits. Piggery all around.
- “But we’re different, right?” asks Y.B. ben Avraham, on the subject of hating Jews.
- Well, yes, that’s almost exactly how it is being a writer. Except they forgot to add smoking three packs a day* and finding clever strategems (like counting the perforations on the acoustic tiles in the ceiling) to avoid actual, you know, work. (H/T jed in comments)
- Seventeen movies that bombed at the box office then went on to become big cult hits.
- While this article leans anti-Peter Thiel and I’m way more inclined to think the world owes Thiel a debt for his creative thinking and his billionairish backing of it, it’s still a decent look at the man.
- This is so cool! Completely fake, mind you. It’s a conceptual art project, not a real thing. But still … so weirdly, imaginatively, creepily cool: The Merrylin Cryptid Museum. (Best viewed by allowing all three scripts, if you happen to be browsing around with NoScript on.)
* No, the smoking and drinking are NOT ME. I have been known to count holes in ceiling tiles, but that was actually in the fifth grade, when I was trapped in class. These days I have more wide-ranging and interesting ways of work avoidance.
- The overcriminalization problem. Including the Deadly Lemonade-Stand Threat.
- Oh gadzooks. The sheer chutzpah! The ironic lack of all awareness of irony. Obama uses his accidental prowess as America’s greatest gun salesman to “prove” he’s not out to take our guns.
- Mostly, “inspirational” stories make me gag. But this one’s the real deal.
- Supposedly, this article about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming legal fate appeared on HuffPo, then was quickly pulled. I’m not sure. And nobody else has picked up on it, so it’s probably full of major bogusness. But it’s pretty “inspirational,” too.
- He no longer floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, or defies the government. Muhammad Ali. Dead at 74.
- Hahahahaha. Couric and her producers aren’t merely lying hypocrites. They’re gun criminals. And it’s not some obscure bureaucratic paperwork thingie they violated, either, but one of the basic known restrictions (however unjust and idiotic it actually is) on gun purchasing.
- The lost women of Enlightenment science.
- I am of the “dogs domesticated themselves” school, rather than the “man domesticated dogs” school. And I figure my ignorant opinion counts at least as much as anybody else’s ignorant opinion. :-) But now there’s an intriguing theory that, no matter who domesticated who, it it happened separately, twice in two far-flung locations.
- Nicki demands: stop trying to shove a false Trump-Clinton dichotomy down my throat! And Charles Murray might agree.
- Illegal gun marketing? Oh pleeeaase, writes Bear Bussjaeger over at TZP.
- Couric didn’t just go “the Full Rather.” She went way beyond Rather. Her second feeble apology doesn’t change that. Out with ya, Katie! Begone!
- “How America Lost its Mojo.” Its geographic and economic mobility mojo, that is.
- And related: the housing market horror story ain’t over yet.
- Hm. Too bad this gutsy seven-year-old didn’t have a firearm.
- OTOH, this man didn’t do too bad without one.
I don’t really care, and I suspect most of you don’t really care, how people “self-identify.” Boys who feel more like girls? Girls who feel more like boys? Men who feel like puppy dogs? White women who think they’re black? People who want to have themselves made over to resemble serpents or cats? Fine. Dandy. Don’t care. Vive la difference! and all that. It’s a big, diverse world, and there’s room for all, as long as they’re peaceable. If people want to get surgery or have tattoos or cross-dress or whatever pleases them, more power to them as long as they don’t foist the bill on hapless taxpayers.
I even have my own long-ago experience in the “self-identifying” area. As I suspect many of us do.
But oh my, we have now gone at such dizzying speed from a healthy (and overdue) acceptance of people’s differences to endless whining that we must accept anyone and everyone’s “self-identification” as our biological, social, and legal reality. We’re asked — nay, demanded — to accept what is subjective at best and demonstrably untrue at worst and to live with the consequences. If we don’t, then woe betide us throwbacks and bigots. Because increasingly both law and social pressure are on the side of the “self-identified.”
Never mind that they may change their self-identifications tomorrow. Never mind that the entire business becomes more outlandish the more it is indulged.
So. This week’s freedom question is strictly for laughs, even if they are rather bitter and cynical laughs: What would you self-identify as in order to get some useful benefit for yourself in this crazy politicized world?
Bear Bussjaeger already went on record saying he’d self-identify as a too-big-to-fail bank so he could get lots of money. My first inclination when faced with all this nonsense is to self-identify as a houseplant — the benefit being never to have to waste brainpower on other people’s noisy demands for attention and special privileges.
But hey, self-identification is today’s big thing. So what will you be when you come out of your closet and self-identify as something other than you appear?
- Jim Bovard writes in Reason on the high price of security theater. Then he went on C-Span to talk about it, too.
- Which takes us to Richard Rahn’s “Kill the regulatory parasite.”
- Oh, Katie, Katie, Katie. You went the full Rather. You should never go the full Rather. And at least he didn’t make phony-baloney excuses.
- A recent study says that the threshhold-based blood tests used by states to determine whether legal pot users are impaired or not aren’t based in sound science. This wild-and-crazy pro-pot-user claim comes from those mad radicals at … the American Automobile Association. AAA.
- John Tamny: if we love the big banks (“we” meaning not you and me, necessarily), we must love them enough to let them fail.
- Obama, foreign aid, promises, and corruption in high places.
- Speaking of smartphones (as we were earlier this week), reader F. sends this cheery word that F*c*b**k’s admission that it’s listening to you via your phone’s microphone while you’re using its app may be only part of the even creepier, much creepier, truth.
- How much creepier can things get? Advanced tech is not the only thing we have to worry about. How about nuclear capability coordinated by eight-inch floppies??? For you young things, eight-inch floppies were already obsolete when I got my first computer in 1982. (H/T MtK)
I normally like to end links posts on a cheery, or at least a “lite” note. But there seems to be no joy in Mudville or anyplace else today. I need to go look for some cute dog videos or somesuch.
ADDED: Well, wait. I didn’t have time to look for any cute dog videos. But since today’s theme seems to be “creepy as all get out,” I remembered this story about … um, men who live as dogs. Yes, not cute. But the best I could do today, sorry. I suppose we’ll soon be hearing these “pups” demand special restroom privileges. (And a big thanks to Cat for turning my stomach.)
Oh! But wait! That chart doesn’t include self-identified canines who have sex with any of the other 31 “genders.” Racism! Specisism! Haters! Privilege!