- Find a hidden treasure at auction. Give it back. You’re a better man than I.
- It’s a bad idea, but a provocative thought experiment. “What if, just for a change of pace, it was the opponents of free speech whose ideas were deemed hateful?”
- Though the lede is about investing in the new cannabis industry, the most fascinatingly weird part is about the work being done in laboratories to isolate (then market) product with specific properties.
- So we know birds came from dinosaurs. Now scientists have taken chicken embryos part of the way back. Honest, I thought it was The Onion at first and not the BBC. And no, that “photo” of a sharp-toothed chicken at the top isn’t real; the scientists aren’t hatching any of their embryos at present.
- It’s a $9 chip. It’s a computer, complete with browser and apps. (H/T MJR)
- Worker fired for disabling an app that let her boss track employees 24 hours a day. The creepitude just gets creepier all the time. (Via Jerry the Geek.)
Archive for the ‘Privacy and self ownership’ Category
Some of these may have begun as performance art or a political statement. But it seems that anti-surveillance wearables are now a thing
Shades of RebelFire’s street scene.
- America’s largest bank joins the war on cash. This isn’t surprising, but nevertheless darned scary, especially considering it’s also a war on gold and silver coins.
- Since we don’t have a full name for this guy, I wouldn’t yet take this story as gospel. But if true, tragic (and stupidly so on the part of dog-breed bigots). Danish man kills himself after his dog is forcibly euthanized.
- For those who can stomach a once-secret report on surveillance. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
- Seven epic fails of environmental predictions.
- And five phony fields of forensics.
- One more reason not to live in California (did you really need another one?): you can be busted for a Swiss Army knife. (H/T H) But they probably won’t break your neck for it. Guess you could be grateful for that.
- Like to try to close with a little humor. But I’m not sure whether this is funny or not: you and your smartphone, perception vs reality.
- The story of the reserve deputy who killed a pinned-down suspect in Tulsa County gets worse and worse. Wonder who this cop is or who he knows that entire chains of officialdom were ordered to falsify records for him? Ohhhh, wait. It says right there in the article …
- Don’t be nervous now. It probably means you’re a terrorist.
- In the future your insurance company (ugh) will know when you’re having sex.
- And of course so will “security” ‘crats in DC. ‘Cause you know we still don’t have enough surveillance. I wonder … why don’t these people ever get that this sort of excess ends badly. Every. Single. Time. It ends badly. (H/T jed)
- Oldie but goodie: Jim Bovard on this week’s earlier topic, the right to rebellion.
- Cannabis for our canines. Strictly for medicinal purposes, of course. (Tip o’ hat to jed)
- Lighter side: how those pups manipulate us into loving them.
- The poor WaPost is worried about the “growing insurrection.” So very, very much the poor WaPost fails to understand.
- Just how bad is the growing growing student loan mess?
- More info on why the DoJ is so desperate to conceal info about its stingray searches and interceptions. Oh, there’s so much to hide!
- What? You didn’t already know this?
- And this, too: “When everything is a crime.”
UPDATE on Joel’s siding bleg. He’s getting there, but could really, really use another $400. Just that much more. Yeah, I know it’s tax time and the fedgov thinks you should give your extra $400 (or $10 or $25) to them, instead. But hey, which is a better cause? Keeping walls around Joel’s computer so he can provide years more of his great blogitude? Or buying … oh, one weld on a CIA drone so you can help kill peasants in Nowhereistan?
- Seems cops and the U.S. Justice (sic) Department will go to amazing lengths to hide their newest tracking methods from us.
- A must-read for philosophical Libertopians: “Welcome to the Arena in the Clouds” by Max Borders.
- Guerrilla civic improvement. (H/T AG)
- It takes 13,000 words for the Columbia Journalism Review to say it and those words are thoughtful and worth reading. But bottom line: in their zeal to confirm an agenda, Rolling Stone’s staffers chose to mistake the behavior of a manipulative liar for the behavior of a poor, traumatized victim. (To their credit, RS and writer Sabrina Erdely cooperated fully in the exposure of their own screwups.)
- The poor, discredited brontosaurus is back.
- And here’s your feelgood story for the day: young wife refuses to pull the plug on her brain-injured young husband. And he eventually walks out of rehab on his own two feet.
- MamaLiberty reviews Jackie Clay’s Summer of the Eagles.
- Somebody in the mainstream media finally questions whether it’s right to destroy mom & pop businesses that aren’t sufficiently politically correct. Glad ordinary folk don’t even need to ask questions like that.
- Back when the RICO statutes were first passed, libertarian alarmists predicted that they’d be so misused that the feds would soon be busting penny-ante poker games. Well, it seems they’ve been misused for just about everything except that. But here’s one of the most creative turns of the RICO story.
- David Boaz notes that the final stage of socialism is when you run out of toilet paper. Talkin’ to you there, Venezuela.
- Feinstein continues to be a laugh a minute when it comes to tech knowledge. (H/T MJR)
- The Daily Beast interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
- Opting out of email. Yeah. Sounds like a great idea when you have a &^%$##/! administrative assistant at your beck and call. To the rest of us this advice sounds as clueless as “let them eat cake.”
- Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy Sounds like an important book. Here’s a good overview.
Once in a while, buddy Jim Bovard will include “Claire Wolfe” in a group of searches. This apparently gets interesting.
Images like this come up (embiggenate for proper appreciation):
I have no idea who the cute-in-an-officey-sort-of-way “me” is, but she’ll do.* And while I truly, truly, truly don’t get why Sonia Sotomayor keeps coming up in searches on my name, it’s a fact. And it’s far from the first time. Poor Sonia and I appear to be linked by karma. Bad karma, no doubt. But her karma or mine, who knows? (I’ve probably deepened the karmic connection by writing her name here.)
And the “related” searches results persuade me that I really do need to quit writing about Al*n G*ttl*eb.
Still, I can live with all of the above. But when Jim did a Bing search this morning … Oh, the horror!
Again, I have zero idea who that particular “Claire Wolfe” is. I have a vague recollection of seeing that photo before. Maybe I used or linked to it in a blog post.** But I wish to pronounce publicly, firmly, loudly, indignantly, and excruciatingly categorically — NOT ME.
Furthermore, it’s not even my sister, my third cousin once removed, my next-door neighbor, or some grouchy woman who once snarled at me at the DMV.
She would snarl, though. You can tell. Probably bites, too.
Jim suggested I sue Bing. Or at least put some better “me” images out there for them to notice. Funny that hardly any search engine ever turns up the infamous “hat” photo — which actually is me and is right up here on this blog every, single day.
Deeply offended though I am to have some Aileen Wournos lookalike misrepresenting my graceful, pleasant, and refined self, these crazily crapazoid results do help restore my hope that privacy is still possible. Despite all the ominous news, it’s clear that “they” don’t yet know everything there is to know about us all.
* Mystery solved by Commentariat member Laird. The cute young woman holding a manuscript is, according to Google’s caption, one of my editors, Rhoda Denning. Hi, Rhoda! The perils of working at long distance: I don’t know what most of the people I work with look like. :-(
** Mystery solved by Commentariat member Donna. The Wournos lookalike is Debra Oberlin, a former chapter president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, busted for [drumroll] … drunk driving. Good detective work, Donna.
- Five simple ‘Net security tricks from a Google engineer. I’m already doing four and a half of them. How about you?
- Don’t it just figure? Willie Nelson now has his own cannabis variety and hopes to open a chain of stores described as “the Whole Foods of marijuana.”
- Fascinating. Twenty-five percent of people have an extra color receptor in their eyes. Hm. Wonder how many of those are artists or go into fields requiring good color perception?
- So what do you think? Should this guy have been kicked off that plane or not?
- On hiding cops’ identities, a governor does the right thing (although maybe not for the right reasons).
- The war on geese. So funny I just had to steal it from Joel. Love the idea of a national border collie reserve, even if Kevin D. Williamson doesn’t know a border collie from a Lassie collie.
- Moviewise, it appears that both the Jane Austen craze and the zombie craze may both have jumped the shark. In the very same film.
It’s from the wittily named “Committee on Responding to Section 5(d) of Presidential Policy Directive 28: The Feasibility of Software to Provide Alternatives to Bulk Signals Intelligence Collection; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council ” and its aim is apparently (not their words) to find better ways of targeting everybody rather than just randomly spying on everybody. (It’s a fine distinction, I know. But when you’re well-connected enough for the fedgov to let you serve on the august CORTS5(d)OPD28TFOSTPATBSICCSATBDOEAPSNRC such distinctions matter to you.)
The report is officially to be released on Friday. (And you know what a Friday release means; the fedgov wants it ignored.)
Behind the typically unreadable bureaucratic prose, there are some revealing bits. I warn you, it’s as boring as dirt, but if you want a copy of this report, just drop a comment using a functional email address in your login. I’ll email it to you.
But of course, receiving an email from me will mean that you fall under section 3.1 (“Contact chaining”): “Communications metadata, domestic and foreign, is used to develop contact chains by starting with a target and using metadata records to determine who has communicated directly with the target (1 hop), who has in turn communicated with those people (2 hop), and so on. [And hey, pretty soon, you’ve got Kevin Bacon in your terrorist network!]”
So maybe you’re better off just clicking the “Contents” link on the NAP site, ‘kay? It’s all there, anyhow.
The Agitator who sent the .pdf is — he knows for sure — one of the Target People. He’s had those red circles painted on him for many years and is quite used to it. He sent along some familiar, but always worthy, advice (I’ve massaged the words a bit to disguise his identity):
Think of it from this perspective: If your adversary has documented that they always chase down red balloons, well, give them a sea of red balloons to chase down.
I once established that the govt was beyond obviously reading emails between me and an attorney. These communications were considered privileged and off limits under all laws (didn’t stop the government).
“So they like reading do they?” I told the attorney.
Then I emailed multiple 10,000 page documents to the attorney in rapid succession. I gave them all the red balloons their little bureaucratic hearts could ever desire.
I’m not sure how well the attorney might have appreciated that. But you get the picture. :-)
- Kit Lange pens an open letter to the sheriffs of Washington state. Yes, Kit is revealing herself to be one impressive woman.
- So it wasn’t enough for the feddies to go after our woodstoves. Now our dreadful BBQ emissions are the problem.
- Even the WaPo thinks Obama is blowing smoke on the issue of guns.
- Some things are still creepy despite being “voluntary.” Adidas adds near-field communications to selected clothing items.
- Other things may be technically “voluntary” but still Orwellian. No, Hertz has no plans to spy on drivers with those in-car cams it’s now installing. Noooo. Of course not. (Via Wendy McElroy)
- Ferguson shows that big government is not a victimless crime.
I Won’t Take the Mark:
A Bible Book and Contract for Children
By Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Illustrations by Julia Pearson
Patterns and borders by AlfredoM Graphic Arts Studio
Designed by Monica Thomas
2014, 40 pages, $22.50
I have been remiss. I received review copies of this book around Christmastime and intended to write it up at the first of the year. I was planning to pair reviews with Vin Suprynowicz’s The Testament of James — something for believers, something for curious skeptics, good books from very different points of view.
Then the comment section on Testament got so weird (with people more interested in pushing personal grievances than talking about Vin’s book) that I freaked out & backed off from anything religion-related.
So I hope The Albrechts will be okay with “better late than never.”