- “This was all planned,” says former State Department inspector general, surprising no one but adding damning detail.
- Also not surprising: Project Europe is doomed. But did anyone anticipate it would happen this particular way? Do you sometimes feel you’re watching one of history’s major shifts here? Something like the barbarians crossing the frozen Rhine in 406, but in slower motion.
- Oregon launches its first drive-through pot shop. And in little old Gold Beach, yet, home of BHM. (H/T d)
- If Bernie Sanders wins, he’d not only be the first Jewish president of the USA, he’d be the first candidate honest enough to admit to not being religious. Unlike, you know, Hillary who’s apparently a devout, lifelong believer in … oh, whatever.
- You have to dig through the comments to get the message, but it’s possible the fedgov isn’t aiming to kill the Elio, after all.
- The eight worst guns ever made. Yeah, I know there’s a lot of room for debate on these kinds of lists, but I seriously think they might have really nailed it here, especially on their #1 worst choice.
- Another flash story via MJR: “Taze.” A few paragraphs; a world of encouragement.
Archive for the ‘Poly-Ticks’ Category
- Well. Now we know why the “service economy” keeps growing even as everything else falls into the Dumpster. The whole story in one graph.
- Here’s another big story in one graph. This one’s about gold.
- Are MSM outlets Photoshopping pix of Hillary (or using Photoshopped pix provided by her campaign) to make her look as much as 30 years younger than she really is?
- This is precisely why we should be using email encryption even for sharing our chocolate chip cookie recipes. Smack that snotty, crowing NSA right in its face. (Tip o’ hat to S.)
- Will Switzerland end fractional reserve banking?
- Down with the tyranny of the Fitbit.
- I know some will object that this little “flash story” is too optimistic. Okay. Still a beautiful, hopeful piece, though. (H/T MJR)
- And this, dropped into comments by TSO, really is too optimistic. Or swimming too hopelessly against the tide. It also uses technology (provided by industrialization) to decry industrialization. Nevertheless, some truth there.
- “Ayn Rand Made Me a Communist.” Um … you’d probably have to be a regular New Republic reader and already know how Jacob Bacharach is one; he doesn’t actually explain, except in a vague-ish indirect way. It’s still an interesting essay, though.
- Question not asked: If this homeless guy can do all this, then why is he homeless?
- Not a bad analysis of how the R-Party is coming apart at the seams. Leaves out factors you and I know well, but seems right in its basics.
- Georgia state representative commits civil disobedience to get medical marijuana to sick kids.
- Yeah, it’s a Communist hellhole. So we’ll open and close today’s news with Commies. But Cuba is beautiful, as these aerial photos show. And ohhhh, those empty white-sand beaches! This link was sent to me by a Panamanian taxista who helped make my couple of days in Panama City six years ago a pleasure. I’m pretty sure he’s been to Cuba.
And a bonus: Canada for President, courtesy of MJR, who knows a thing or two about all that. NB: Brief NSFW language.
- The feds have broken the Oregon standoff with arrests and one killing. A remnant remains. Leaders were apparently lured out on the pretext of attending a community meeting and trapped at a roadblock. Why? Why not wait them out? (H/T db)
- David Codrea exposes and righteously blasts the latest junk-science
studyop-ed from “prestigious” anti-gun medical sources.
- “Does stupidity cause gun control, or does gun control cause stupidity?” Bear Bussjaeger speculates.
- I’ve never understood the mentality that official (or family) wrongdoing is fine as long as no one exposes it and that any person exposing the wrongdoing is somehow the problem. I’ve experienced that mentality, God knows (haven’t we all?), but I’ll never understand it as long as I live. Anyhow … sometimes justice eventually prevails. (H/T jed in comments)
- Speaking of exposing wrongdoing … Are we witnessing the fall of the House of Clinton? We can only hope.
- Kinda funny. Not surprising, though. The most overconfident students (in one study, at least) are in political science. (Even more interesting where the least confident are — the fields that require hard evidence.)
- Another drawback of license plate readers. Ugh. Ick. Ptooey!
- The most fascinating thing about this grid-down survivalist book is that it’s written by respected, ultra-establishment newsman Ted Koppel.
Part the first: Cannabiz
If I’ve been quiet the past few days (and continue to be quiet early next week) it’s because I’ve been lining up and conducting interviews for an article — something I rarely do nowadays.
When I was in corporate communications, I was forever interviewing somebody. Executives and project managers needed to talk about their latest work. Clients praised or critiqued products. I even had a gig for a long time where I (much more interestingly) interviewed employees of a big corporation about their hobbies, accomplishments, and good deeds. A millworker with a home blackmithing shop. A low-level manager who’d been the foster father to 37 children. A group of workers who saved people from a fire. Before that, I had a gig touring people’s fabulous homes and interviewing them about the designs and improvements.
Nowadays, my work requires few interviews and what little interviewing I do is by email. It’s far easier than traveling to in-person interviews or playing phone tag for weeks with busy execs, but it’s not adventurous and doesn’t usually lead to the entertaining or revealing digressions that in-person talks and tours can.
This month, though, I’m visiting growers, processors, and retailers in Washington state’s newly legal recreational cannabusinesses. And wow. Is that ever fun. Tiring because there’s a lot of work involved and all this chatting hurts my hermit heart. But fun.
So. Are you going to watch the state-of-the-union addy tonight? (Or, depending on when you read this post, did you watch it?)
I can’t remember the last SOTU address I watched, and that’s not just because I don’t “do” TV. Watching politicians give speeches — especially “important” speeches — is as savory as watching circus geeks bite the heads off live chickens. And much less entertaining.
I’m sorta-kinda guessing the speech won’t have a big audience of BHM/Living Freedom readers.
Still, you’ve probably heard that Big O plans to leave a seat empty so that … oh, all the ghosts of gangbangers killed by other gangbangers (as long as they were killed with guns, not knives, garrots, gasoline+matches, shovels to the head, etc.) can enjoy the show. Jim Bovard suggests they leave the First Lady’s special section entirely empty to commemorate a whole lot of other dead people the Obama administration is responsible for.
- Uh oh. Those infamous “armed anti-government activists” are at it again. Tsk tsk, says the New York Times. ADDED: For those who have trouble with NYT links, here’s CNN’s take on the protest.
- In the spirit of the holidays, part I: “love” the homeless whether they want your imprisoning love or not. (H/T jc2k in comments)
- In the spirit of the holidays, par II: bleed you, Bill of Rights be damned.
- Microsoft, I do not believe you for one little teeny minute. (H/T 4 2 MJR)
- Nine of the most isolated towns on earth. And sometimes don’t you wish you lived there?
- So you noticed, did you? Hillary Clinton is no freakin’ feminist.
- “The political class breeding itself.” What elites have done to the west. (Liberal viewpoint.)
- New TZP poll asks what are the greatest dangers we face from anti-gunners in 2016.
- Heh. Carl-Bear Bussjaeger has an idea for those who are likely to be reclassified as “gun dealers” by Obama fiat: comply, comply, comply, comply … and comply some more.
- Very good one from Mas Ayoob: Five myths of gun fighting.
- Until recently, the common assumption was that carefree, laid-back people lived longer, healthier lives and that anxiety and worry were bad for you. Lots of research these days points away from that belief. Here’s one more datapoint. Anxious people process threats in a part of the brain devoted to action.
- The Bill Clinton effect or why liberals may be more sexually abusive to women. (I’m not sure author Carrie Lucas really makes her case, but it’s interesting.)
- Could you be a libertarian existentialist?
- Fascinating even at the same time you really hope this study wasn’t funded by tax dollars: do dogs, despite their diversity of size and appearance (the most diversity of any species), recognize that other dogs are dogs on sight?
- The five “best” drug scares of 2015.
- This year’s weirdest science stories.
- Fourteen — maybe 15 — ways to avoid the Obamacare tax. (Per A.G. in comments.)
- Thirteen things credit card companies know about you that might make you cringe.
- Well, thank heaven it wasn’t “gun violence.”
- Another Darwin Award nominee, courtesy of absorption in mobile device. How embarrassing to die of pure stupid. But hey — at least it wasn’t “gun violence”!
- In praise of Glock.
- Ross Douthat on cracks in the liberal order. Not meaning “liberal” as in that thing that “progressives” don’t want to be called these days, but “liberal” as in some fundamental values of western civ and western gov.
- Forget mere Pastafarianism. In some parts of the world it’s better to be a Zuist.
- Cool photos of small, futuristic houses. Gotta laugh at the assertion that these are all “cheap,” though. The first one pictured starts at more than $300k, and that probably doesn’t include the land. But they’re all fascinating and some of them actually are budget-minded.
- Father gets into a stand-off with police to prevent a hospital from taking his “brain dead” son off life support. Happened earlier this year but the follow-up is what’s making this a Christmas-season story.
- Pot for the homeless. (H/T jed)
- Also from jed: all the SF books to binge read over the holidays. (Can’t vouch for them myself ’cause I haven’t read any of them. If you’re buying, you know where to purchase them.)
- Dave Barry’s year in review. (I’ve lost track of the people who’ve sent this one to me; it’s definitely been making the rounds.)
- Jim Bovard’s Raging Bitch Christmas. Little hard to picture it, but liberty’s professional curmudgeon did a stint as Santa.
- I don’t always agree with Jonah Goldberg. But when it comes to picking the perfect presidential candidate for these times he might just be onto something.
- Heaven knows why they’ve tagged this article as “gun violence.” There’s no violence involved — just more Americans wanting and getting guns. I know a lucky lady (not me) who got a brand new Glock from Santa.
- Speaking of which, don’t forget to take the TZP poll on gun gifting. Even if you already took it once you can answer again with your post-Christmas results.
- Awww, that’s wonderful. “Fospice” care for dying homeless dogs.
- Whatever you think (or whether you think) of Caitlyn Jenner, this is good. Seems Caitlyn refuses to toe the politically correct line on victimology.
- Meet the lobbyists who represent the world’s worst dictators to Your Representatives in Washington.
- I failed to acknowledge two very big historic dates earlier this week. First, the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Second, the Boston Tea Party. Here’s an interesting retrospective on the tea party. (Amusing how the Brahmins downplayed it.) And here’s an eyewitness account.
- You, too can evade the no-fly list. (Well, maybe. I’m sure this wouldn’t work for international flights where you have to book using your full passport name. But it certainly shows yet one more folly of using such capricious lists for “national security.”)
- The FBI has saved the nation from an Eeeevil Plot (which of course it enabled) to build an anti-Muslim death ray. Srsly. This is not precisely new news. The story has been trickling out over time. But I missed it first time around and it’s clearly too bizarre to go unnoted.
- Cop who previously made the news for wanting a creepily pornographic photo of a teen sexter commits suicide rather than be arrested for an unrelated case of … of course … pedophilia.
- These are among the coolest tiny houses/huts/studios I’ve seen. One or two have appeared here in links before, but this collection is awesome in its Scandinavian and Japanese styling. Me want. (H/T MJR)
- Armed individuals capture thug, save old man from knife attack.
- And in China, a man uses his money and his passion to save 2,000 dogs from becoming dinner (after, sadly, his own dog may have ended up on a plate).
This holiday season, please use my Amazon links for your shopping.
Or drop a little something in the tip jar.
- Yes! We must ban guns. So that gangs of robbers will have to use alternatives. (H/T MJR)
- Obama cynically decries cynicism.
- ISIS judge says kill all the “defective” children. I guess Middle Eastern mommies and daddies should be glad it’s being done by “humane” methods rather than public beheadings or burning the infants alive in cages.
- Patrick Buchanan asks whether elites will blow up the GOP. He then proceeds to chronicle how the GOP has already been blown up. Interesting glimpse at history and (these days non) smoke-filled rooms, though.
- It’s always hard to tell a real crisis from one that’s merely concocted to
sell newspapersget clicks. But between the continuing crackup of the commodities markets and the more sudden collapse of junk bonds there’s talk of 2008 all over again. Amid new worries about Europe. This time it’s Italian banks and bad bailouts. A “Bear Stearnes moment” or a “Lehman moment”? Or just clickbait? I don’t know. But this financial house of cards is going to go sometime.
- More on moderate Muslims reclaiming their religion from murdering fundamentalist theocratic a-holes. And this.
- “Freeing Your Inner Outlaw.” Somebody dug up this old piece the other day and posted it at Rumor Mill News. Jim Bovard found it for me and I thought it might be a good cheerer-upper.
- While I generally try to avoid a whole bunch of ego-linking to my own writings, I do have a new one up at TZP on the loserhood of hoplophobic executive orders and how a bunch of pols manage to be confused about exactly who they want to ban from what.
- Just in case you need a little canine heart warming.