- 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.
Archive for the ‘Privacy and self ownership’ Category
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- They shouldn’t have euthanized the alligator. Should have given him a medal.
- No, Colbert. The problem isn’t that you don’t have to show ID to buy ammo. The problem is that you do have to show it to buy Sudafed. This is how tyranny creeps its creepy little way into our heads.
- Barack Obama … um created Donald Trump.
- Two good ones from TZP: Bear Bussjaeger’s “Speaking Ill of the Dead” and William Lehman’s guest commentary, “Controlled Violence, or Pistols and Other Things that Go Boom”. Subscribers to TZP alerts got an early look at both of these.
- Guess you have to consider the source; she was his ex-wife for a reason. But I thought Mary Weiland’s plea not to glorify her ex’s death was both unusual and eloquent.
- New York begins to crack down on resisters of the so-called SAFE Act. And where did they get those 4473s, anyhow?
- Be happier without F*c*b**k.
- 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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- 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.
- I shouldn’t laugh. That’s an awful way to die. But at least his family can proudly accept his Darwin Award in his memory.
- The climate change people have been shouting, “The end is nigh!” Well, if they’re honest (big “if,” I know) the end is nigh — for them.
- Is this like leaving handy nooses tied to lamp posts? Or is it something very much else? Only the doers know right now.
- This guy never heard of backups? Fifteen years and not a single backup?
- I don’t know whether this is rare, as some say, or prevalent throughout parts of Africa. It almost sounds like a sick parody. But it’s disgusting in every way and for every reason: ironing the breasts of adolescent girls.
- Microaggression! MACROaggression! Cultural appropriation on a global level! What the rest of the world has “appropriated” from the West.
- Just in case you ever need to know, here’s how much your stolen data is worth.
- ADDED: Two new commentaries at TZP: “How I learned to stop worrying and love the Second Amendment” by New Class Traitor; and Carl-Bear Bussjaeger’s observation that the F-word in Medal of Freedom doesn’t seem to mean what it says.
- 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.
- Wow. Somebody thinks federal employees aren’t paid enough when compared with people in “similar private-sector jobs.” The article never explains what private-sector jobs are similar to … oh, career money confiscator, thug who tells businesspeople how to run their businesses, or professional killer of nursing mothers.
- Integrity. Doctors Without Borders refuses Pentagon money to rebuild Pentagon-bombed hospital.
- There is a war on Christians. It’s being conducted in the Middle East and to a lesser extent in the regulations of western governments. Not at or by Starbucks.
- F*c*b**k: Now testing a new form of creepy.
- Yes, it appears (certain) black people are subjected to a double standard. When they run for president, that is.
- LOL. Wonder how many of the “hottest” firearms of 2015 will eventually end up on the back-to-the-drawing-board list? (Surely the noble Liberator pistol does not belong in the disgraced company.)
- Obamacare dominoes keep falling. Failure of the co-ops pushes rates up for everyone.
- Oh, Hillary, Hillary, aren’t you just the hoity-toity little miss? Making a state official go through a wanding just to get into his own office.
- Doxing: yet another reason for privacy.
- OTOH, it’s so entertaining when one corrupt politician decides to take revenge by outing a bunch of others.
- Fourteen strange but true facts from tech history.
- “What we owe the MythBusters.” A renewed interest in and understanding of the scientific method.
- Two traits of lasting relationships.