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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 ‘Money’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
  • Lenore Skenazy (once again) demands that kids — and their parents — be free to walk free.
  • It’s fascinating just how many ways the $15/hour minimum wage is backfiring. J.D. Tuccille has yet another. (And it’s great to see his Disloyal Opposition blog back again!)
  • Via Sipsey Street: It’s no surprise, but soooo gratifying that the number of guns being manufactured has doubled during the Obama regime.
  • Yep, as I guessed yesterday, Chrysler is handling the hack-a-Jeep (or anything else we make) fix staggeringly poorly.
  • Also yesterday I said that no writer had ever come up with a description of heaven that wasn’t snoozeworthy. There was one who did: Mark Twain, of course. Here’s an HTML excerpt from “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.” (Project Gutenberg also has free Kindle and ePub versions. Not sure whether those are complete or also just extracts). And here’s an Amazon link in case you want to spend actual money on a complete copy.
  • I tried to check out OpenBazaar.com, but the first thing it wanted was Javascript enabled. When I gave it that, the next thing it wanted, without first offering any actual content, was for me to enable Flash. Um … no thanks; not until I know you better. Still it sounds intriguingly like both Son of eBay and Silk Road reborn. And Forbes is terrified of it. So that’s something. (H/T MJR)
  • Muslims and dogs.
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
  • States that have legalized cannabis show a remarkable decrease in deaths from opiod overdose.
  • Much though I respect animals, I think this is a bad idea. (H/T PT)
  • On the other hand, we could use some pretty basic changes of policy (and of heart) toward our beloved companions. This man lived on the streets for two years because no homeless shelter would accept him with the dog who’d devoted a life to him. (Fortunately, help eventually stepped in.)
  • Ohhh, how the IRS loooooves Obamacare!
  • Two on Sandra Bland (and on the expectation that serfs must obey any command of their masters): Orin Kerr concludes, “But this is America, and we didn’t fight a revolution to make that the only choice.” And Jacob Sullum’s “Sandra Bland’s Arrest and the Expectation of Meek Subservience.” Suicide or murder? Bottom line is that Sandra Bland didn’t belong in jail in the first place. She was there only because she — a mere peasant — bruised some statist thug’s ego.
  • Perfect example of another “good cop.” And note how supporters flocked to defend him and make him out to be the victim. Did any of his authoritarian cheerleaders care about the four-year-old girl Mr. Weepy Cop molested? (No, she probably “made him do it” or “was asking for it”.) What an utterly disgusting spectacle. (Via Wendy)
  • While the specific features of this “Swiss Army knife” jacket may not turn your crank, the basic idea is a great one. Many, many possibilities!
  • I’ve watched several cancer patients, who knew they were terminal, spend their last months in an agony of hopeful chemo. At the end, they bitterly regretted putting themselves through it. I’m glad such exploitation of the desperate might soon come to an end.
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  • This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
  • A social justice warrior has doubts about herself.
  • I’m no Rand Paul fan. But suing to stop the horrible FATCA law is a fine idea.
  • One good thing about the Greek crisis. If you’re in the market for a private island, you can now get a fire-sale price on one. Relatively speaking.
  • Are these the death throes of Flash? (H/T PT)
  • TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
  • Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  • Okay, these small houses may not be “tiny” in Tumbleweed terms. But boy, I’d take any of ’em in a heartbeat.
  • What a diaper-wetting crybaby. Using the government to ease his hurt feelings, of course.
  • Upon his 85th birthday, Thomas Sowell looks back on the uneducated people who helped raise him above his roots.
  • People who radically change their spending habits via radical rethinking. They’re inspiring. Entertaining. Great examples. But how come they always seem to be young urban dwellers without, you know, gigantic house remodel projects going on? Or six kids to feed? Don’t get me wrong; giving up a daily Starbucks or buying fewer cosmetics can be a big thing to a yuppie & it’s a great mind change. But the rest of us …
  • Jim Bovard … theater critic??? (And critic of DC’s empty culture.)
  • For those of a certain generation: the story behind Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.”

For those who need a Joplinesque reminder:

And a bonus, from Reason TV, the TSA’s 12 signs you’re a terrorist:

Claire Wolfe

Monday morning catch-up (and a mini-review of Jackie Clay’s latest)

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Been a little quiet lately, I know.

Partly this is to do with the protracted deathwatch for Robbie. He’s 14 and hasn’t been in good health for a long time. His “doggie Alzheimers” gives him anxiety attacks that increasingly override his pharmacopia of meds. He’s got bad legs that look like they shouldn’t hold him up (but somehow do). Now add a hacking cough of mystery origin. But he’s still happy, hungry, and eager to go for walks. Never mind that he spends more time sniffing and peeing than actually walking.

So hard to know what to do or when to do it. Meantime, I’m giving him plenty of extra attention and I’m grateful for furrydoc, from whose clinic I adopted him in 2002. She has lovingly cared for him since he was a cocky young bully and will soon come to the house to give a now-sweet old dog a peaceful farewell.

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I’ve also been working on the “Mo Inspiration” table, which is benefiting from paints and other goodies MamaLiberty sent. Expect to have pix of the finished piece later this week.

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In spare moments I’m reading Jackie Clay’s Autumn of the Loons, second in her series of westerns featuring Jess Hazzard.

Autumn is a better, more confident novel than Summer of the Eagles. In this volume, Jess returns from a hunting trip to find his beloved wife Julie raped and beaten and their four-year-old son Keith kidnapped. Jess heads out on a relentless pursuit of a villain who has suddenly emerged from Julie’s past.

If you recall Jess’ character from the first book, you’ll know the meaning of “relentless.”

Well done, Jackie. And more to come.

The above book links are Amazon Associates links. You may instead prefer to buy directly from the publisher.

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Speaking of Amazon Associates links, July Amazon sales have been pathetic! About 1/4 of a typical month. Yikes! May kinda sucked, too. Can’t complain too much, though, as June was above-average. But really, if you need stuff from Amazon and you’re going to buy it anyhow, might as well enter here. Thanks!

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Update on my efforts to destroy the Evil Wasp Civilization. As a couple of people suggested, I was attempting some live-and-let live with the stragglers who survived my first attempt to obliterate the wasps’ nest on the front of my house.

Then Saturday when I was just passing by on the way to walk the dogs, one of the rogues dive-bombed me. Got me on the hand and the chin. That night I donned my spacesuit and hit them again with wasp killer. Sunday afternoon I was able to knock the main part of the nest off the wall with a long pole. A few hardy holdouts were still inside. Tough little critters.

Ironically, the only stings from this adventure were the ones I got while minding my own business. While I was in the act of attempting to wipe out the wasps and all their works, they were utterly uninterested in my existence.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
  • 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.
Claire Wolfe

Cool custom kippahs over at TZP

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Nobody else has ’em. Nobody else ever will.

And they’re beautiful. Quality linen, quality workmanship. Get ’em while they’re red hot. Be the first one on your block …

Claire Wolfe

Is this a thing?

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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.

Yeah. Right.

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?

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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.

Claire Wolfe

V*te for The Zelman Partisans

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Lucky Gunner has very kindly added The Zelman Partisans to its wonderful list of potential recipients of the legal fees it hopes to receive from the well-smacked Brady Bunch.

Thank you, Bear, Joel, and anybody else who had the idea to contact LG. You can go here to read more and cast your v*te, hopefully for TZP. Scroll down; we’re at the bottom of the alphabetical list.

It remains unknown whether the Bradys will ever actually pay up. But if they do, LG will allocate funds to each group according to the percentage of the v*te they receive. Even 1% could be a big deal to a small, new group like TZP. We have darned near zero overhead and can put anything we receive to work building the group and planning projects.

So v*te — and spread the word!

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

More midweek links

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Yes, BHM was down

You may have noticed that BHM had problems yesterday. These were due to a major site overhaul and server move that should eventually produce good results (especially for mobile users).

But the upgrade was handled … um, gracelessly. We bloggers were caught by surprise (I was in the middle of posting at the moment things went unexpectedly haywire) and at least one reader reported getting a message that the site downage was due to a February 2010 upgrade. I gather there are still a few improvements to come, but things should be calmer today.

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
  • Mike Vanderboegh is on a roll once again.
  • Anyone have change for a quadrillion dollar bill?
  • One of those things they didn’t teach us in school: “Born Free and Equal.” How a pair of Revolutionary War-era court cases helped end slavery in the north.
  • I’ve stayed away from the whole kerfluffle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rebellion that refused fast-track authority to Obama. To me, there’s only one issue: the TPP is secret. So at best there’s nothing (yet) to support or oppose and at worst, it’s an act of tyranny. Then how is it that so many business publications and supposed freedomista publications wail and lament the (no doubt temporary) failure of TPP/TPA? Just because somebody’s attached the words “free trade” to something doesn’t make it so. And c’mon. Does anybody really think Obama would want TPP if it were about actual free trade?
  • Oh well. Here’s a movingly strange SF story for you.

Xterra update (for those who care)

A repair on Friday fixed nothing while getting false hopes up. The mechanic then prevailed upon me to put the beast on a diagnostic scanner for a third time.

As before, the only code the wretched four-wheeled monster throws is P1320 — distributor issues. Yes, if you’ve been counting, the distributor has already been replaced twice (three times if you include the fact that it was successfully replaced 40k miles ago).

The guys who put the Xterra to the test were aware of the previous diagnostics and previous failures of new distributors to make one bit of difference. Certain vehicles, they concluded, simply require OEM distributors and nothing else will do.

So that’s either just shy of $200 from a junkyard (and who can even be sure it’s really an OEM part or what condition it might be in) or nearly $400 for a new (or maybe it’s remanufactured), guaranteed Nissan part. But though it’s guaranteed, it’s also listed as non-returnable because it’s an electronic part. Which confuses me to the max.

I spent hours researching but haven’t clicked to buy. I’ve lost all faith in the pronouncements of both diagnostic computers and “expert” mechanics. I can’t see spending that kind of money on yet another wild guess. Especially if the purchase might be irrevocable.

But many other suggestions (thank you) have been checked and didn’t pan out. Or they still remain to be tried but will be resource-consuming shots in the dark. How many weeks or months? How much money? And how many shots in the dark will it take? Somebody who loves the challenges of machinery might think this is nothing. Me? All I want is a ride that actually runs.

The only things I’m certain of are a) right now I’m inclined to give the Xterra away to any mechanically adept person who’ll take it off my hands and b) I’m going to take to drink. Very soon.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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