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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, May 26th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • Another terrific one from Ken at Popehat. How to spot (and counter) covert advocacy of censorship.
  • I’ve never downloaded anything from a torrent site. I’m against any form of piracy that deprives creators of the rewards they’ve earned. Still … The Pirate Bay has panache.
  • The usual anti-gun and “hate group” suspects band together to promote ballots over bullets. Um, yeah. Good luck with those ballots when you’re being threatened by thug government.
  • The liberation of Dachau and the righteous rage of the liberators.
  • “Oh, my gold!” Yet another company tries to do what egold did. (The poster says BitGold isn’t available to U.S. residents; I poked around the BitGold site and didn’t see anything about that. But I don’t doubt that avoiding all U.S. entanglements is a good start on surviving in this kind of business. Never mind that it would take a huge chunk out of your market.) (H/T Y.B.)

If you’re not up on your Internet memes, this new Delta Airlines safety video will leave you going “HUH???” If you are a meme-ista, see how many you can spot. (Hint: They’re listed behind the “see more” link.)

Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

And in developments on the home front, if I’d had any doubt whether my ankle was actually broken or just badly sprained, I’d be doubting no more. The thing is itching fiendishly. I always thought the notorious itches had to do with the reaction between tight casts and dead flaky skin. Turns out it’s also from the healing. Thank heaven for being able to scratch! I think if I were wearing a cast, long about now I’d be trying to bite it off like a wolf with his foot caught in a trap. Still. Itching. Good sign.

Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

I hung out in bed most of the day yesterday, with my foot elevated and bound in the pressure bandage MamaLiberty suggested. With Ava boarding for the duration, I had only Robbie and the cat — both championship sleepers — for company. Nobody, nobody, nobody tried to guilt-trip me into walking, playing, running, riding, throwing tennis balls, playing tug-o-war or otherwise doing exhausting things.

It was a cross between unthinkable luxury and excruciating boredom. I could have gotten some writing done or caught up on my email backlog, but my whole being seemed as stiff and useless as my injured ankle. Aiming for better things today.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, May 11th, 2015
  • John Silveira’s famous Backwoods Home classified ad continues to live on 18 years later. It’s already become an indie movie and helped launch a director’s burgeoning career. (H/T DD)
  • Kentucky Authoritahs grab 10 kids, apparently just because they’re unschooled and live off grid. Hearing today. Wish this family good fortune.
  • So lessee. Reading to your kids is about the best way in the world to give them a head start. Better than fancy private schools. Which means that the proper response is … quit doing it and maybe even eliminate families. Huh? “Harrison Bergeron” indeed. I’ve just added a new blog category, “Cultural insanity,” to cover this sort of thing.
  • Along the same lines, why assume poor kids must all be art deprived?
  • I usually admire Bob Owens, but when I read his L.A. Times op-ed blaming Glocks for the way cops handle them (badly), my jaw dropped. My reaction was the same as Firehand’s. Blame the gun because the shooter ignores the basic rules of firearm safely? Isn’t that straight from the playbook of Bloomberg and his Meddling Mommies?
  • There’s a new, gold-backed cryptocurrency in town: The Hayek, courtesy of Anthem Blanchard. Anthem Hayek Blanchard, in fact. Freedomista-born, you think? It’s actually been in the works a while but is just getting more mainstream notice. Hope it does better than egold.
  • Let people think that shelter mutts are pricey petstore pooches and they’ll fall in love. (H/T SC)
  • Per jed in comments: The Oatmeal on if my dogs were middle-aged men. Oooookayyyyy …
Claire Wolfe

The house next door

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Usually when I mention the house next door, I’m talking about the place that’s set a respectable distance away on a very large lot, occupied by a young family with a herd of little boys. Good neighbors. Not close. No problem. There’s another house next door, which is more problematic.

It’s the house on the other side, which is not quite at “reach out and touch” distance. But if I threw rocks at it, I’d never miss.

When I bought this place, that house was even more derelict than this one. It had burned down. Gaping holes in the walls. Charred wood. The owners had walked away from it. Nobody believed it to be salvageable and I assumed that someday after I’d recovered from purchasing this place maybe I’d be able to buy it for spit, tear it down, and have its small lot as a buffer.

I wasn’t counting on Andy. It turns out that my neighbor Andy (now deceased) was some sort of genius at salvaging unsalvageable houses and even making them into something quite cool.

He did that. When he started turning the house back into something livable, I put up a fence between the two places. And I was relieved when he moved his 85-year-old mother-in-law into the restored house. Nice, quiet neighbor. No problem. May she live to be 110.

Then the other day, while hanging out at the bee swarm, Andy’s widow J. told me she’d just sold the place.

Here’s the bad news: She sold it to a retired cop corrections officer.*

Here’s the worse news: He’s moving up from California.

Here’s the even worse news: He paid the sort of price only a Californian could imagine paying for this house in this area.

It’s an adorable little place. But little is the operative term. It’s tiny. Its lot is so small it doesn’t even own part of its own driveway. To a local, the house would have sold for $60,000 tops. Maybe $70,000 to somebody really crazy about its artistic touches. California Cop has contracted to buy it for $120,000, and since it’s seller-financed there’s no mortgage lender to demand an appraisal and give him a reality check.

Good thing for J., who’s a lovely person and deserves a bit of good fortune in her life after being widowed so abruptly this year.

But I am freaked out. I’m not only going to have a lifelong member of the Authoritah class within rock-throwing distance, but this might do terrible things to neighborhood property taxes.

I got taxed out of Cabin Sweet Cabin in 2009 when my property taxes extortion fees went up 43% in one year. I intend to stay here for the rest of my life.

I will be really, really, really upset if some ignorant Californicator on a fat state pension makes that impossible.

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*Generally, someone who wanted to be a cop but couldn’t qualify. No offense to any cops or corrections officers who respect the Bill of Rights and have spent their careers working for liberty and/or to improve the justice system from within. (Don’t laugh; it could happen.)

Claire Wolfe

Fundraisers for Nicki

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

I’m way behind the curve on this! But there are a couple of fundraisers underway to help Nicki rescue her house from child-molesting squatters who (with the help of a judge) have taken it over.

Fundraiser one: Dennis at Dragon Leatherworks is auctioning two holsters (one righty, one lefty).

Fundraiser two: Another Friend of Nicki has raised $5,500 toward a goal of $10,000 to help Nicki fight for her house and her rights in court on July 9.

The story is outrageous. It’s the story not only of lying, child-diddling squatters in her rental house, but of a “justice” system that has no respect for property rights. Nicki’s job requires a security clearance, which she could lose if she falls into financial disaster. Losing her house seems inevitable if she can’t reverse this mess soon.

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
  • Henceforth, I am going to charge $500,000 per blog post and I urge all of you to inform your employers or clients that that is also now your standard fee for doing any work or even making an appearance. If you’re an employer, tough luck to you. ‘Cause after all, we’ve “gotta pay our bills” don’t we?
  • Perhaps Bill and Hill both need a dose of this.
  • OMG, FEMA is holding a national Preparathon and I forgot to sign up with the government! I’ll bet you did, too. Oh no! This must mean we’re all dooooooomed!!!
  • Yeah, that’s what you get for going around jihading in Texas. Good comment one. Good comment two. (Maybe the would-be jihadists got the idea that Texans were an easy target from Major “Soldier for Allah” Nidal Hassan. Somebody shoulda told ’em that only works on disarmed military bases.)
  • Maya Plisetskaya has died. She was a ballerina of extraordinary power and grace who overcame Stalinist oppression for her art.
  • It seems scientists like The Lord of the Rings.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, April 27th, 2015
  • America’s largest bank joins the war on cash. This isn’t surprising, but nevertheless darned scary, especially considering it’s also a war on gold and silver coins.
  • Since we don’t have a full name for this guy, I wouldn’t yet take this story as gospel. But if true, tragic (and stupidly so on the part of dog-breed bigots). Danish man kills himself after his dog is forcibly euthanized.
  • For those who can stomach a once-secret report on surveillance. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • Seven epic fails of environmental predictions.
  • And five phony fields of forensics.
  • One more reason not to live in California (did you really need another one?): you can be busted for a Swiss Army knife. (H/T H) But they probably won’t break your neck for it. Guess you could be grateful for that.
  • Like to try to close with a little humor. But I’m not sure whether this is funny or not: you and your smartphone, perception vs reality.
Claire Wolfe

Aaaaaand … TZP is now “official”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

You can finally join the partisans and even get yourself a cool morale patch to show your colors.

It took us a while to get there. We’re all volunteers. With real lives, you know. (Damn reality; always getting in the way of everything.) But The Zelman Partisans has now made a true, solid beginning.

UPDATE: Well, that was a bit embarrassing. The store broke after our initial tests but before we went live. Seems to be working now, so thanks for your patience. Go ahead and try again.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, April 20th, 2015
  • Immune-system drug combo “melts” tumors. Yeah, I know there are always reports like this that eventually come to nothing. But this is pretty dramatic.
  • Are you nuts, Mr. Cop??? Officer shoots (at) dog in a crowd. Fortunately misses. Dog just looked as if it was being rambunctiously friendly, too. (Here’s the video if you can’t see it on that page.)
  • If you’re going to have anti-abortion laws, you’re going to have to be prepared not only to prosecute every doctor, nurse, and med-tech for murder, but to investigate every miscarriage as a potential homicide. Some countries do. Results aren’t pretty. (Via Rational Review News)
  • Hm. Study seems a bit sketchy. But the result is believable: the sweat of happy people can induce happiness.
  • Today is 4/20 — cannabis day. Colorado held its official celebration over the weekend. Police remind cannabis consumers not to get too cocky. Oh well.
  • But I love this. The maker of Miracle-Gro, who has long seen his product in the background of pot-bust videos, knows a good opportunity when he sees one. (Last three links all H/T jed.)
  • Matt Walsh to burger flippers: You don’t deserve $15/hour — and that’s okay.
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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