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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

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Monday links

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Wednesday links

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
  • How did this (ahem) “anti-gun” spokesguy keep such a straight face? (H/T jb)
  • Anybody seen The Lego Movie? Critics and audiences are loving it. Foxians have ranted that it’s anti-business. This review say’s its a hilarious and inspiring romp that savages crony capitalism and promotes all that we hold dear.
  • Sure. You’re an anti-gunner and you just “forgot” you carried your gun into an elementary school.
  • Yet another state proposes a law to make it lights out for the NSA.
  • LOL! Best comment yet on the latest unilateral delay by the Obamaites of their “signature” sort-of-a-law-until-we-say-it-isn’t.
  • “They” really do hate us for our freedom. It’s just that the “they” in question aren’t international terrorists.
  • The Netly equivalent of old-time art patrons, one dollar at a time. Great idea. (Via Ellendra in comments.)
  • Dog sculptures. Made of salvaged bike parts.
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Weekend links

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
  • So you still don’t think Google Glass is creepy? Well how ’bout when New York City cops are testing it? (H/T MJR)
  • “The repentant informant.” This article on liberty’s former friend Stacy Litz was published last year. The reporter (whose name really, truly is Jason Nark) interviewed me but forgot to tell me when the story hit, which is why I’m late with the news. I’m not quoted, but he does reference the booklet the Commentariat collaborated on: Rats! So pat yourselves on the back. You’re famous. :-)
  • Cops do the usual no-knock dawn raid. On the usual word of a lying informant. Resident, believing he and his pregnant girlfriend are in danger, shoots and kills a deputy. Cops find pot. A grand jury refuses to indict. Even a blogger cop says it’s the right decision. And you thought there were no such things as miracles.
  • Unfortunately, the usual *&^%$ still goes on. But you know … credit card fraud was involved. And somebody in the house had a concealed carry permit. So of course any amount of coppish violence is totally, absolutely justified. If you don’t think so you must be a domestic terrorist or something.
  • Uh oh. Tricksy, buggy Adobe Flash now carries malware that can infect even Linux machines and Macs. Guess the good old days are truly over.
  • Here’s more on from MWD. For nerdstuff, this is pretty lucid. And he very kindly tells me he’s snagged me a clairewolfe.bit domain name just in case.
  • And never forget, no matter how weird the world gets, we can always enjoy the puppies. So here, via MLS, are big dogs who don’t realize they are.


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Well, here’s one bit of good news out of Sochi, anyhow.

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Of course, how would they know?

No word on the restaurant’s policy toward NSA agents, unfortunately.

(Yes, yes, and I know somebody’s going to make a wisecrack about “To Serve Man.” So consider that already said. Or go ahead if you can come up with a really clever variation.)


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Midweek links

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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Monday links

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
  • A most marvelous obituary. (Via JDZ at Never Yet Melted, which today also offers — you gotta hand it to the Internet — a recipe for a previously fictional, but highly useful, survival food.)
  • Google Glass and facial-recognition apps. Not completely evil yet, but how long before they get there? (H/T MJR)
  • I love movies. So of course I loved the talent and quirky presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, you ass, how could you die in such a damn, stupid, entirely avoidable way? Two good articles on his admirable talents here and here.
  • Gun control: “Un-American and anti-Negro.” The Dutchman finds treasure and truth in a American Rifleman article.
Claire Wolfe

… grant me the serenity …

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

A few days ago, a friend sent me this article: “You don’t want your privacy: Disney and the meat-space data race.”

It’s by “data scientist” John Foreman (I put that in quotes only because I’m not sure what all “data science” might encompass), who says a) that the most egregious electronic privacy violations will be in our off-line lives and b) We’re going to cooperate happily and fully. Not going to cooperate. But are cooperating. Privacy — right now! — is as “over” as bustles and moustache wax.

Although Foreman recognizes the creepiness of omni-tracking, he embraces it with cheer — heading off to Disney World with his family, every member sporting an RFID bracelet that will know everywhere they’ve been, everything they’ve bought, every food item they’ve ordered — and even how long they’ll spend on one of Mickey’s toilets if something they ate gives them diarrhea.

My friend said he just couldn’t wait for the great blog I’d make of this. And he asked me to send his regards to Katherine Albrecht. A few years ago when Katherine and her associate Liz McIntyre wrote their book Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID, my friend scoffed at their predictions.

Now? Not so much scoffing going on.


I’m going to have to disappoint my friend, though. He was probably expecting a rant so passionate it would set BHM’s pixels on fire or maybe a tutorial on RFID hacking or RFID safety.


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Wednesday links

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


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