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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

Friday linkathon

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
  • An anxious space geek makes good in Hollywood.
  • It’s just common sense that you should be free to shoot illegal home invaders. No matter who employs them.
  • Even when they are “legal” they are still sometimes scum who should not be welcomed in anything that calls itself a civilization.
  • While it’s not as unique as this article implies, the Anevay Frontier Stove looks like cool beans for preppers, campers, and small-house dwellers.
  • Doctor punches out pesky (and phony) ER patient. (I wonder if Japan has laws like ours that forbid doctors to turn anyone away from the ER.)
  • Do not try this at home.
  • Looks as if the Clinton machine may be setting up the ever-loyal Huma Abedin to take the fall for the email scandal. Since when is it an “intrusion” or a “comandeering” (even in the Washington Times) when an aide answers emails for the boss?
  • Meanwhile, Forbes tries to discover where the missing Clinton millions might be.
  • The lighter side to those new ICD-10 medical codes.
  • Thank you, bear.
  • Tribe to open a marijuana resort.
  • Your fingerprints can tell a lot more than whether you were at the scene of the crime.
  • The woman who dropped her newborn from a seventh-story window used to work for child protective services.
  • Karma’s a you-know-what. Those “scientists” who urged the fedgov to prosecute those who disagree with them have pulled their letter from the web (with lame excuses) after bloggers gave their lead guy’s finances a closer look.
  • “Parallel construction is a controversial investigative technique that takes information gained from sources like the NSA’s mass surveillance, covers up or lies about the sources, and then utilizes them in criminal investigations inside the United States.” Your gummint at work.
  • Ted Cruz, attempting to be relevant, appoints that unconscionable weasel and professional has-been, Bob Barr, to do outreach toward libertarians. (H/T JB)
  • That $750 pill that gained so much notoriety recently is (you will not be surprised to learn) more a product of the U.S. regulatory system than of some “greedy rogue” (however unsavory the rogue in question might actually be).
  • Dunno. Cloning pooches still seems creepy to me. Amazing. But creepy. Also wish this NPR piece had gone into more detail about how cloned dogs can differ so much, even in basic characteristics like markings, from their source material.
Claire Wolfe

Life’s losers and making our own beds, part II

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Continued from yesterday …


As I was saying, we all have ways in which other people can look at our lives and say, “Why can’t she see how obviously she’s messing up?” I have mine.

One of them is doing things to keep myself from making much money. Although I deeply admire people who’ve accumulated a pragmatic amount of wealth and can be happy, prudent, and generous with it, I have a top beyond which I’m not comfortable going. It’s my ceiling. And it’s low.

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Claire Wolfe

Life’s losers and the eternal question of whether the beds we lie in are really those we make for ourselves

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Part I. Part II runs tomorrow. Really. It’s already written and in the post queue.


I ran into T. the other day. I was arranging to buy two heavy bookcases at an estate sale and he was there helping the lady who held the sale move gigantic sofas and king-sized beds.

For many years T. has been the area’s go-to guy for yardwork and miscellaneous donkey hauling.

Thing is, T. is a fragile little guy, well into middle age now. To see him, you’d think he belonged in the third desk from the right in some bureaucracy, but he’s … just not there.

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Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
  • “Elite” SWAT cops petulently destroy their own office.
  • So what do you suppose this guy was ticketed for?
  • I’m not sure which is more remarkable: that three-year-olds are now getting type II diabetes or that this one recovered with sensible lifestyle changes.
  • Your government at work — threatening, bombing, shooting, and otherwise terrorizing its unwanted neighbors. (Via Shel in comments)
  • Here’s a new thought (and a longish article on it): what if all those creeps who are aggregating and selling our personal data are a national-security threat? (Everything else is, so why not them?)
  • Americans (particularly those of means) continue to surrender their citizenship in record numbers. Small numbers, still. But growing thanks to punitive banking and tax laws.
  • Yep, Bob, you’re right. The hysteria over Ahmed’s clock is exactly in the same dishonorable tradition as the nutzoid over-reaction to the notorious gun-shaped Pop-Tart.
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, September 11th, 2015

(Big H/T to MJR!)

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 31st, 2015
  • “No Cupcake, there is no right not to be offended.” Nicki does it again.
  • They ripped up their kitchen floor and found a secret code + $50,000. Is that cool or what? Commentariat member Stryder informs me this story is a hoax.
  • Wait. Why would they bust a TSA agent for doing this? Isn’t molesting us their job?
  • Annalee Newitz does a follow-up to her expose on the lack of women at Ashley Madison and concludes that, yes, it was outright fraud by the company.
  • Despite hints of sentencing reform and lightening up of the drug war, prison vendors see continued signs of (groan) a captive market.
  • The Obama administration’s fiat war on contracting is not only a foolish attempt to turn the clock back 40 years; it’s a dangerous business. (H/T MJR)
  • Boy lost in the wilderness uses a survival trick he learned from his dad. Good on you, kid and family.
  • Loooove them lobbyists. A cop lobby has gotten North Dakota to legalize weaponized drones. Will other states soon follow? (But of course, we’re not to worry; only “less than lethal” weapons are allowed and in the hands of those heroes in blue, if we’ve done nothing wrong, we have nothing to worry about, right?) (H/T MJR)

And just for laughs … Mama said there’d be days like this.


Claire Wolfe

Massive Friday links dump

Friday, August 28th, 2015

This oughta keep you busy for a while. Major hat tip to faithful contributor MJR, who went on a link-hunting tear this week.

  • Um … Yes, Wired, you can do something about Spotify’s weird new anti-privacy policy: don’t use Spotify. And y’know, Spotify’s “clarification” doesn’t help one little bit. It amounts to, “Oh, we’ll never, ever abuse all those bits of your life we’re requiring users to give up to us. Trust us …”
  • Now this is funny. How North Korea is handling shooting range budget cuts.
  • Over at TZP, Nicki and Y.B. write about a pair of killers and their enablers. Y.B.’s “A Traditional Young Man” and Nicki’s “A Shooting in Virginia.” (Please support TZP with your memberships and store purchases!)
  • Taxpayers sue the IRS for allowing hackers to grab their info.
  • Charming. How to age gracefully.
  • The agony of introvert writers in a world where writing has become a social occupation. (H/T JB)
  • And along those same lines: “If you don’t share this immediately the entire world will explode.”
  • Another confirmation that being neurotic leads to being creative.
  • The National Cancer Institute (a .gov operation), finally admits that cannabis can kill cancer cells.
  • It’s not surprising, but so pathetic. Data analysis proves what the hackers claimed and everyone should have suspected: There were almost no women using Ashley Madison.
  • I have an email out to Stewart Rhodes to learn more about this Oath Keepers controversy. Frankly, stopping this march by black gun owners in Ferguson doesn’t sound like something Oath Keepers would do.
  • Forgotten history: In 1863 there was an effort to organize sleeper cells against the tyrant Lincoln for his destruction of the Constitution and operation of a giant (for the times) surveillance network.
  • Cash itself is now a barbarous relic — says the Financial Times, speaking on behalf of governments everywhere.
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law.
  • How the eruption of Mt. Tambora darkened the world but colored the arts.
  • Hysterical. When people were asked to come up with a single word to describe each of three prominent political candidates, the result was singularly unflattering.
  • You may know or have guessed some of this already, but it’s fascinating in any case: How did early explorers, with their primitive means, find small islands amid very big oceans?
  • Awwwwww. Puppy does pushups.
  • Finally, here’s a free ebook download for you from Sparks31 on modern survivalism and communications for III-percenters. I haven’t read this yet, but looks interesting. Donations or other useful actions suggested in exchange.
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
  • :-) Sword + righteous determination beats knife-wielding cowards. And that reminded faithful reader PT of “I’ll see your six …”.
  • A rough, tough novelist pulls himself back from the brink of death.
  • How well do you know Gandalf from Dumbledore? I was thinking about that while re-reading the Harry Potter books recently, so naturally I had to steal this when Wendy McElroy posted it.
  • The 2015 Human Freedom Index from Cato, the Frasier Institute, and three other think tanks around the world. Once again, the U.S. doesn’t crack the top 10.
  • “I Made an Untraceable Ghost Gun” by Andy Greenberg via Wired. I missed this when it came out in June and Mr. And Mrs. Furrydoc just sent it my way. Fascinating and unbiased account from a mechanically uninclined experimenter.
  • The euro won’t survive the next economic downturn.
  • The drug war should go, but some efforts to legalize weed don’t seem a whole lot better. Ohio’s proposal would — how cozy! — put the core of the industry into the hands of a handful of wealthy backers, who have a monopoly conveniently built into the initiative and have already snapped up the only 10 grow sites allowed.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, August 7th, 2015
  • I really like this tiny house story (via Shel in comments). These folks aren’t trying to be trendy or green or holier-than-thou. They just know what it’s like to have been economically clobbered and don’t want to be vulnerable again.
  • Cops kill an unarmed white kid and the world says ho hum.
  • In Montana: another Oath Keepers operation to protect miners against fedgov intrusion.
  • ;-) Kickstarter campaign raises billions to wall off the Bay Area during Burning Man. (Via A.G. in comments)
  • Islamists hack to death a fourth non-theist blogger in Bangladesh.
  • Boy, I’ll bet the fedgov wishes it could do this.
  • Indeed, let these crony billionaires and their crony puppets pay their own way. (H/T jb)
  • A guy who doesn’t speak French wins the French Scrabble championship. (Given how snobby they’re reputed to be about their precious language, I’ll bet that really ticked off some Parisians.)
  • Your awwwww story for the day. And this time it has nothing to do with dogs.
Claire Wolfe

Random thoughts for a cloudy Tuesday

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

I’ve been working on my complicated ceiling for nine days now, along with some related projects on the walls and trim. Feels more like nine weeks. And of course, this being an old ill-built house, every step of progress reveals some new problem. I’m making only a few hours progress a day, but at least it’s getting there. Slooooowly.

Why was I not born wealthy so I could sit by a pool sipping a pina colada while someone else gets paid to do this sort of thing?

Oh well, when it’s done, I’ll brim with satisfaction about how I did it all myself. And it was a breeze, really. A breeze.


Speaking of being wealthy …

I love celebrity scandals even when (as is increasingly the case) I have no idea who the celebrities are or what they did to become famous.

Current case in point is a personage known as 50 Cent. Mr. Cent has been for years giving every sign of vast wealth. Not wealth as in “Hey, how ’bout I fund a mission to Mars?” or “You know, I’ll bet I could build an electric car for the masses.” But wealthy as in $40,000 gold chains, multiple Rolls Royces, $1.6 million dollar bets on boxing matches, and a 24-bathroom house with its own private nightclub.

Recently, however, Mr. Cent has declared bankruptcy, apparently in hopes of avoiding a $5 million court judgement against him for posting some woman’s porn video online without her consent. Now he claims and claims and claims again that he was merely pretending to be rich all this time.

Which is more pathetic? Actually being rich and using your wealth to display yourself before a moronic public? Or pretending to be rich because you’re so desperate to win the good opinion of said morons?


Poor Hillary. How much longer can she last when even the WaPo runs op-eds like this about her?

Um. Well, being a Clinton, and being a politician in this age of morons, probably she can go at least until next November. Would be delightful if instead of spending the proverbial “one term in office and one in jail” she took her oath of office from her cell in a federal pen.


That’s all I got today. Ceiling trim awaits. I’m closing in on having the first 1/3 of the total job done. That constitutes my proof of concept on complicated, salvaged ceilings. After that, I move the bed back out of the living room, put away the tools and recoup my sanity before embarking on the next 1/3.

Unless the pool and the umbrella drink materialize in the meantime. Then some other poor, sore, sweaty sucker with sawdust in his hair can do all the embarking and all the overhead hammering and nailing. And welcome to it.



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