- Meet Twitter’s new thought police. Incredible (but not surprising in this anti-free speech day) that a company that lives or dies on the quality of its public forum of ideas would do this.
- Your brain: it may work better in winter. Now my brain, on the other hand …
- Bernie-ites! You want socialism? Here’s socialism.
- “Media Matters Not.” The big “progressive watchdog” goes after the little old Zelman Partisans, distorting all the way. Bear Bussjaeger says thanks.
- And speaking of which: Hillary. (This is actually pretty funny.)
- The Robin Hood of science is pulling scientific papers from behind paywalls and making them available to researchers everywhere in the world.
- The Christian Science Monitor covers free-range education.
Archive for the ‘Monkeywrenching’ Category
- They don’t have a government right now and they’re unhappy about it. (H/T MJR)
- No matter how outlandish the halftime shows get they’ve been worse. A lot worse.
- The pick-up truck era of warfare.
- This guy does a number on telemarketers.
- Oh yes, definitely be on the lookout for scary anti-government types.
- As if the cone of shame weren’t bad enough already. (H/T GL)
I might not have a lot to say for the next few days, so I thought I’d drop by now with a handful of questions and a few mostly feelgood links.
The questions are for car guys and computer geeks. If your eyes glaze over at the very thought, feel free to skip to the linkage.
- Guess what the most popular work at the UN library is. A thesis on how to avoid being charged with war crimes. Not how to avoid committing war crimes. Just how to avoid punishment. (H/T jb)
- Several major car makers are partnering up with Linux. While this is a lot better than the recent features about those partnering with Microsoft, I generally wish they’d all stay the heck out of any automobile I ever own, except for entirely optional, turn-offable devices. (H/T MJR)
- Another inspiring story about the life-changing power of going debt free.
- Who says a porno-graphic can’t be your legitimate signature? NSFW and sorry about that, but it’s another interesting tale of whether the state or the individual controls identity. (H/T jb)
- Speaking of porn, you’ve probably seen the latest TSA child-molestation video. What fascinates and depresses me is the father’s “I love the security state, BUT …” attitude. Not to worry, of course. Procedures were followed. Not to mention guidelines. No mistakes were made.
- Washingtonian magazine dubiously “credits” Jim Bovard for one of the DC outrages of the year.
- Your awwwwww story for today doesn’t involve dogs or cats (or even a giant jumping spider, which I admit is more of an ewwwwww story) . It’s about a baby saved by an innovative surgeon and a $20 device.
When it comes to Dumpster diving, for sure New York City must be prime territory for doing it well.
Everybody has a different idea for what makes really fine simple living. And how to get there.
Opportunities for monkeywrenching have sadly diminished in this age of omni-surveillance and can’t-take-a-joke fearmongering. But all is not lost!
John Richardson over at No Lawyers — Only Guns and Money, had an irresistible monkeywrench land right in his email box. And you, too, can take advantage of it without risk. (Until the antis figure out what’s happening, anyhow.)
UPDATE — Looks like the monkeywrench was working well enough that they caught on. Per Mark in comments: “The link leads to a page that says you must contribute at least $25 to get the book, so no more monkeywrench.” And no more “we know some people won’t contribute enough to cover the cost, but that’s okay …”
- Ha! There’s some nice road-rage poetic justice for ya.
- The pink police state. How the country becomes more authoritarian and rule-bound at the same time some personal behaviors become more “allowed.”
- Another scientific study that proves what’s blatantly obvious to dog people: dogs get jealous. (HRH Princess Ava Prettypaws has spent her whole life trying to insert herself between me and any other critter I ever pay attention to.)
- Radley Balko on victim disarmament and race. I’m so glad to see Radley’s vital work in the Washington Post.
- Aw, do poo widdle senator. Him suffering so much him dust had to plagiarize. Him dust couldn’t help him widdle self. Yeah. I’m sure “mistakes were made,” too, and he never intended to “give the appearance of wrongdoing.”
- How to invent a person online.
- You may have heard that Maryland-based Beretta, which had planned to expand into Tennessee, decided instead to move all its manufacturing there after Maryland passed bad gun laws. Better than that, even. In looking for a new location, Beretta explicitly rejected West Virginia because of Joe Manchin.
- “I know where your cat has been.” Yes, even your cat pictures aren’t safe from Internet snoopers.
- It’s time for conservatives to stop defending the police. Actually, it’s way, way, way past time. But the article is still a good beginning. (H/T Sipsey Street)
- Sometimes early birds are too early. But ohboy do I understand wanting to “pick up the bucket” just to cross it off the to-do list.
- That was a monster body blow Obamacare took yesterday. Not likely to be fatal, though we can hope.
- I don’t know who did it or why. But the elaborate white-flag operation atop the Brooklyn Bridge is sure proof that monkeywrenching is alive and well even in the age of omni-surveillance.
- Oh yes. “Gun control.” It’s always going to be soooooo very effective.
- Be forewarned, this is slightly NSFW and a little raw for BHM. But funny. Very funny.
- So, do you think Phil Zimmerman’s Blackphone will become the smartphone of smart people? Or …?
- It could become a crime in Washington state to help the NSA. Government contractors or workers providing electricity or water to an agency violating the Fourth Amendment would be criminals. (They ought to do this in Utah, where that hellish data center gobbles millions of gallons of precious dry-state water.) H/T PT
- Another of the many ways in which Obamacare is helping.
- Clever or creepy? Yeah, depends on who (or which alphabet soupers) get their hands on these snake, worm, and otherwise creepy-crawly robots. (H/T O)
- One might wish that the charming soul who monkeywrenched the ATF booth at last week’s SHOT Show had a better command of spelling. But his (her?) heart was certainly in the right place. View one. View two. (H/T JB)
- Another Officer Friendly. Yes, another Beloved Hero in Blue, protecting and serving in the style that’s become so reliable lately. Why this creep isn’t a) in prison and b) on the sex-offender registry for the rest of its days is a wonder to me. Oh, but she was “disciplined.” I guess that makes it okay. (Corrected: There were two officers, both female, and both apparently “corrections officers,” not cops. Both were involved, though apparently only one did the worst deed. Personally, I’m still going with “Officer Friendly” because IMHO, there’s a distinction, but not much of a difference, between cops and COs. Thanks, G. for the heads up.)
- Did hackers recently perform the first malicious act utilizing the “Internet of things”? That is, did they turn everything from “smart” refrigerators and home camera systems into a bot net? So said many reports. Borepatch doubts it.
There are five finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” ad contest. “Cowboy Kid” is the clear winner. If any of the other four beat it, I’m suspecting bribery, collusion, and all manner of other evil. This may be one case where v*ting is okay. As long as you vote my way, of course. ;-)
- If you read nothing else today read “Things Not to Do” from the Raconteur Report. Then for heaven’s sake, don’t do them! ‘Cause you know, if you did, you might be an Outlaw. (Big tip o’ hat to someone who doesn’t want a H/T. I believe this also came via WRSA)
- People of goodwill. As opposed to politicians.
- In the year of Edward Snowden, Time’s Man of the Year is the pope??? More evidence of why the MSM is dying of cluelessness.
- First time I ever saw verification that anything labeled “organic” is is actually healthier. Makes sense here, though.
- That scary Yellowstone supervolcano turns out to be way bigger than we knew.
- Uruguay: Smartest nation on earth? Okay, at least one of the most sensible.
When I heard that the NSA was not only gobbling up email, but also hacking address books by the millions, my first impulse … well, it wasn’t to laugh.
You can filter spam. Your grandmother can filter spam. Thunderbird can filter spam. Everybody and his uncle’s ISP can filter spam. The NSA … not so much.
So go. Monkeywrench away. Instead of abandoning Gmail and Hotmail and all those other snoop-ready services, you can, should you so choose, make the very, very best of them.
Wired has the background on just what the fedspies did that prompted Ladar Levison to shut down the privacymail service, Lavabit.
It was a heck of a principled thing Levison did, and a gutsy one, shutting down a service with 400,000
paying (including about 10k paying; correction from Steve in comments) customers rather than betray those who trusted him.
We already knew that. What we didn’t know (among other things) was how he handled the fed demand when he was finally forced into a corner after a hard fight:
The judge also rejected Lavabit’s motion to unseal the record. “This is an ongoing criminal investigation, and there’s no leeway to disclose any information about it.”
In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”
“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.
Carl Bussjaeger, who sent the Wired link, says, “Life imitates Art.”
From Carl’s novel Net Assets (Page 127. Scene: Feds have subpoenaed the Launcher Company’s financial records. The company complies, but in the interest of security, have encrypted the files.):
“Oh, yeah,” Neville said, once reminded of the encryption aspect of this charade. “You have that crypto key with you? Eventually, they’re bound t’ think of gettin’ an order for that. Might as well have it ready.”
Leroy slipped a large folded envelope from a rear pocket. “Here you go. Two hundred kilobit ASCII, printed out in 6 point Staccato font, bold face and italic, guaranteed OCR unreadable and to induce terminal eyestrain in the first ten people trying to enter it manually.”
I hope Levison can eventually reopen Lavabit in some freer country. Now, there’s a man who has earned the trust people gave him.