Still working on that blogosaurus. So close to done. But I’m helping to put up siding today and I’m not sure how long or steadily I’ll be required as a construction minion. So here are some links for ya.
“Why we should just nationalize Facebook.” Um … no, “we” shouldn’t. Even if “we” had the authority and the ability. Still, I was shocked at this article’s claims about how entrenched FB is and how much access it controls. I always just thought it was a badly done, boring, privacy-raping site unaccountably popular for reasons of the moment, soon to fade.
Six thoughts on the Tamir Rice investigations. (Yes it’s Mother Jones; but it’s a sadly good piece.)
Although we don’t have evangelical meditators in my neighborhood (just the standard door-knockers), this not-quite-anti-meditation article is interesting. (Tip o’ hat to Jim Bovard)
Didn’t we already go through this 20 years ago with the clipper chip? And PGP as a “munition”? But the latest temporary good news is that the Obama administration is no longer going to fight for a backdoor to encrypted data.
I’d expect this sort of thing in over-regulated, over-zoned cities, but when rural Colorado tries to keep people from living off-grid on their own land, we’re truly in a pickle. (Via jed in comments)
Have you ever complained about how some arbitrary credit score governs too much of your life (from the ability to rent an apartment to whether or not you can get a job)? Well, if this article is accurate, you should be glad you don’t live in China. Where your political opinions and those of your friends might soon be scored. (I must stress, though, that I don’t yet know how correct this info is. A writer on the ACLU site confirms the original piece, but more solid info is needed.)
TPP negotiations are finished and the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the (still largely secret) pact a betrayal.
Before I get to the linkage — good luck to all you on the east coast, especially from the Carolinas to New Jersey. Keep to high ground and away from the surf and flooded roads, please. We need to keep you guys around!
The Freeholder was caught in some of the early storm action and has some thoughts on bugging out when you’re … already out.
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?
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.
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.
And sometimes the “good guy” isn’t. OTOH, since he’s nowhere to be found, how can anybody be sure that the alleged (inept) “good guy” with the gun ever actually intended to be helpful? Maybe he did. Maybe the whole situation is other than it appears.
The technology is ancient. Mark Twain knew all about it. But making gunpowder with urine is taking the gun blogs by storm. Smoky black powder it’ll be. But one more way that all the self-righteous bans in the world won’t end firearms.
We all know not to talk to cops, but in a moment of surprise and stress, the temptation to “cooperate” is enormous. The astute Ken White explains the WHY of things in a way that might help us zip our lips.
Some climate scientists want those who disagree with them to be charged with treason. The latest bunch isn’t so hysterical in its desire to suppress opposition. They merely want the RICO statutes levied against those who don’t share their opinions. Somebody should tell them this isn’t how science “settles” questions.
Bovard has an article in Barrons on how the Nazgul discarded existing rights while proclaiming new ones.
Cane-weilding “pacifist” homeowner gets gun from intruder and kills him dead.
Fascinating. Why Holocaust denial exists and why Jews are guilty of it, too. (H/T E.A.) Yes, you and I know most of this, but so many won’t even look at the facts!
The busybodies and their puppets in poly-ticks who hope to control all human behavior (including human ingenuity), really ought to have another think: prisoner nearly escapes using toothpaste and thread.
Director of the Nobel Institute at the time President Unicorn got his peace prize regrets the award.
Speaking of Obama, he’s just signed an executive order essentially allowing fedgov agencies to perform social “science” research on us all. Naturally, the evil father of “libertarian paternalism (spit!),” Cass Sunstein, has a hand in this.
Yes, expat haven Panama is really, truly lightening up its gun laws. Not enough, mind you, but it’s a start and it’s not just a rumor. (H/T jb)