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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 ‘Privacy and self ownership’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, January 8th, 2016
  • 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.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
  • It should be no surprise to anyone hereabouts, but even as Microsoft pretends to have been converted to the privacy gospel, it steals your disk-encryption keys.
  • If you have v*ted in the last 15 years, you are screwed. (H/T MJR) You may think this absurd, insecure database of v*ters is no big deal, but the implications are pretty catastrophic. And nobody knows who compiled or owns this giant mess? Fedgov, anyone?
  • The war on Asian-American academic success.
  • Repeat violators of HIPAA privacy provisions pay little consequence. Which is totally unsurprising because HIPAA was always more of a privacy-violation enabler than a privacy protector. (H/T PT)
  • When are you really most sincerely dead?
  • Ancient Irish genome reveals mass migration from the east. (Irish myth has long hinted at a mystery something like this, and even my own mostly Celtic DNA confirms it.)
  • Dan Mitchell on the international war against cash. Part I. And part II. (Via Irons in the Fire) Seems funny in a way to defend fiat currency, but of course the state is in the process of coming up with something even worse. And it’s not so much fiat currency that needs defending.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
  • SpaceX has launched — and landed — an orbital rocket at Cape Canaveral. Whoohoo! ADDED: Better link.
  • If you’ve got friends or family who don’t think there’s anything wrong with being on a government list, or who believe the gov’s pledges of privacy or promises that missions will never creep … have them read Carl-Bear’s latest over at TZP. Real world example, right there.
  • If those friends are against the wide dissemination of “dangerous” information, Historian says, “Ask the Jews of Warsaw.”
  • Kaiser Permanente opens its own medical school with a focus on teamwork. I can see some positives and some big negatives there. (H/T PT)
  • The chief publicist for Bloomberg and Watts has apparently been sexually harassing every female he could get his hands on, including his own employees and clients’ employees. (H/T David Codrea) This is not the first time Trevor FitzGibbon has been caught, either. Perfect guy to represent people who don’t believe women should be able to defend themselves.
  • To call this puppy-murdering, people-despising (now-ex) police chief a pig would be doing a disservice to swine the world over.
  • Some cops apparently consider cats easier targets.
  • James Kosur discovers it’s a lot harder for a man to take his wife’s last name than it is for a woman to take her husband’s.
  • The 12 flavors of rainbows. (Yeah, but none of those include my glorious rainbow because technically it wasn’t a rainbow but a halo.)
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
  • A social-justice pecksniff explains that there’s nothing wrong with suppressing free speech and erasing history. It’s just a way of achieving a better future.
  • Meanwhile, both members of the formerly well-regarded Couple Christakis have now fled Yale because they can’t work in such an environment.
  • Kevin of The Smallest Minority takes all of three lines to explain weapons of war
  • You already know the USPS has been photographing the outside of all your mail (“security,” of course). Now they’re offering to email you the photos. As a service. (H/T ML)
  • The answer to terror: tougher (armed) citizens, not bigger government.
  • Sorry. I was wrong the other day when I wrote that killer cops gave Tamir Rice two seconds to live. It wasn’t that long.
  • Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago is like New York in 1974.
  • But this is a hopeful sign.
  • Why isn’t this getting more press? A fedgov taskforce supposedly intended for “reconstruction” and business development in Afghanistan apparently spent 20% of its budget on luxury villas for its personnel, complete with meal service with entrees of “at least 3-star” quality.



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Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
  • It’s long. It’s thorough. It’s a just-published Cato policy analysis by Dave Kopel on the costs and consequences of “gun control.”
  • And in shorter, rougher language, El Neil excoriates those who would even ban useable information about firearms. (Found via Rational Review News)
  • Canadian judge fines man $1 for growing pot. Oh, the times they are a changin’. (H/T MJR)
  • OMG. This article about the addictive Internet is fascinating — until the author gets down to proposing “solutions.” Then it’s just creepy, and not because of what the developers are doing.
  • Speaking of creepy, Chucky is far from the only menacing toy these days. Think on this before you give in to that little kid’s pleas for a connected toy. (And again, it’s not the alarms over hacking, but the very function that’s the icky business.)
  • They say they warned 12-year-old Tamir Rice — and warned him again and again and again! I’d love to know how they managed all those warnings in the two seconds they allowed him to go on living. Gotta give the cops credit for careful coordination of their stories, though.
  • I’m a little late with this one, but Jim Bovard blasts the Census Bureau, whose lies weren’t that carefully managed.
  • Toddler escapes home while mom naps. Pit bull goes along as his protector.
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Sunday links

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
  • I like Ross Douthat. In this day of screaming absolutes he always has a nuanced take on things. But even he says that the current campus crisis is something U.S. universities deserve.
  • And if anybody had doubts about what a bunch of whiny brats those “oppressed” university students at Mizzou are, check out their reactions to the slaughter in Paris. Whaaaaaa-waaaaa, nobody’s paying attention to US! Will the little narcissists ever feel shame?
  • Meanwhile at Yale the social justice pecksniffs protest a free-speech panel.
  • Australia is going to try out a hip, cool, and groovy cloud-based virtual passport system. Think the problem of lost passports is bad? Wait till you’ve experienced the airport joy of “the Internet is down” or “we don’t find you in our database” or “we’ve just been hacked.”
  • Okay, I get that paid patriotism is despicable. But why dump on the sports teams and not on the paying Pentagon? (H/T jed)
  • Have a Google account? Here’s how to see what they’re sharing about you. And how to change some of it. A nice nod in the direction of privacy. Nowhere near enough, but something.
  • The TOR Project accuses a university of selling us out for big fed bux. (Keep in mind that this allegation is unproven at this point.)
  • Inside the world’s largest “apocalypse shelter.”
  • Adolescent uses mom’s gun to eliminate a burglar from the gene pool.
  • Speaking of adolescents and criminals, remember the Barefoot Bandit? Though in his case crime doesn’t pay, in fact 20th Century Fox is paying most of his restitution.
  • We may not have flying cars, but we’ve now got personal jet packs! (Via S. who says, “I want.”)
  • Finally, have a look at a group you might not have known even existed: jailers for Jesus.
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, November 8th, 2015


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