- States that have legalized cannabis show a remarkable decrease in deaths from opiod overdose.
- Much though I respect animals, I think this is a bad idea. (H/T PT)
- On the other hand, we could use some pretty basic changes of policy (and of heart) toward our beloved companions. This man lived on the streets for two years because no homeless shelter would accept him with the dog who’d devoted a life to him. (Fortunately, help eventually stepped in.)
- Ohhh, how the IRS loooooves Obamacare!
- Two on Sandra Bland (and on the expectation that serfs must obey any command of their masters): Orin Kerr concludes, “But this is America, and we didn’t fight a revolution to make that the only choice.” And Jacob Sullum’s “Sandra Bland’s Arrest and the Expectation of Meek Subservience.” Suicide or murder? Bottom line is that Sandra Bland didn’t belong in jail in the first place. She was there only because she — a mere peasant — bruised some statist thug’s ego.
- Perfect example of another “good cop.” And note how supporters flocked to defend him and make him out to be the victim. Did any of his authoritarian cheerleaders care about the four-year-old girl Mr. Weepy Cop molested? (No, she probably “made him do it” or “was asking for it”.) What an utterly disgusting spectacle. (Via Wendy)
- While the specific features of this “Swiss Army knife” jacket may not turn your crank, the basic idea is a great one. Many, many possibilities!
- I’ve watched several cancer patients, who knew they were terminal, spend their last months in an agony of hopeful chemo. At the end, they bitterly regretted putting themselves through it. I’m glad such exploitation of the desperate might soon come to an end.
Archive for the ‘Resistance’ Category
- Time to do another emergency update on your flash player. (H/T MJR)
- A modest proposal for economically illiterate New York Times opinionists.
- Now that the Nazgul have (probably) ensured the future of Obamacare, even liberal media feel it’s safe to point out the obvious.
- It appears there may be a link between SSRI antidepressants and birth defects. But not to worry. Even though some SSRIs may more than double your baby’s chance of being born without a brain, it’s still a small risk.
- Even if you’re born with a brain, you’re hardly out of the woods. Childhood stress alters our DNA.
- Sorry; I’m a bit behind with this. But over at TZP, I write about resistance to deadly evil. Even by those who are armed only with principles and outrage.
- If you’ve wondered whatever became of great freedomista SF writer Victor Koman, Wendy McElroy points to an update: after many rough years Victor’s closing in on his Ph.D and could use some assistance.
- And in your eeew, ick, but wow news of the day: Carnivorous plants communicate with bats.
- Oh man, this creep should be Bloomberg’s next anti-gun spokesthing. “I just … um, yeah, I just found the gun right there on the bench! And as soon as I picked it up it started … um, going off all by itself! Three times!”
- I have no idea whether Ellen Pau should be fired. But this Reddit revolt is impressive in this day of corporatized Internet.
- I officially doubt this ever happened. But I can see good horror movie material here. (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- More on the Texas plan to repatriate and store the state’s gold. A hint at secession?
- Did foreign governments (including perhaps our “good friends” the Saudis) bankroll 9/11? And more importantly, why aren’t we allowed to know?
- You should read Maggie McNeill’s July 4th post “My Police State ‘Tis of Thee.” But even more, read her July 4, 2014 post “The Spirit of ’76.” Which is actually about the Roman Empire.
- Kevin Wilmeth on the larger picture of the “you MUST bake my cake” bullying.
- Seven political cartoons for your post-Fourth pleasure. (H/T Shel in comments)
But on the other hand, America isn’t becoming more liberal. It’s becoming more libertarian. (H/T MJR)
Now, if only the message could get through to our growing corps of social justice warriors, inflexible bureaucrats, authoritarian congressthings, thuggish cops, etc.
Our cultural cold war is about to boil into open conflict, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court decisions. Some of us think we’re ready, but we’re not.
I’m not saying we’re going to be shooting each other by next Tuesday or even next year. Just that the last remaining bridge between the old culture of America and the new culture of elite America got blown to smithereens. Last week was a point of no return with the Supreme Court’s Obamacare (“the Constitution is whatever we want it to be”) decision and gay marriage decision.
- 10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita. One is actually slightly surprising.
- Apparently artificial intelligence has reached the stage of producing bright but balky adolescents. (H/T PT)
- Well, not quite down to just two choices. There’s always a third choice when it comes to dealing (or not dealing) with out-of-control governments: creative disregard.
- A most epic community-wide checkpoint refusal. (Tip o’ hat to MSJ)
- Coming someday to a country near you? As of last night, only 40% of ATM machines in Greece still had money in them.
I’ve been collecting links on the Confederate flag idiocy — collecting links and absurdities by the thousands, it seems — then closing the pages again and letting them go.
I hope to have something to say about this cultural cleansing and how rapidly it’s consumed the brains of heretofore sane individuals and corporate managers. But frankly, the whole business is so flabbergasting I haven’t yet thought of the right words.
Joel had some appropriate words about it of course. I’ll try to find some good words myself.
I say what I have to say over at The Zelman Partisans.
- Yes, Schadenfreude is so ignoble. But: Former N.J. police chief gets a SWAT visit. Over a “personnel issue.” (H/T DB)
- And since David Codrea doesn’t seem to be doing them at the moment: here’s another “only one” for ya. Tragic one. Who hires creeps like this? Oh, any old PD looking for a good intimidator.
- Geronimo: birth of a resolute leader.
- Paul Bonneau finds a use for the U.S. Constitution after all.
- Oh, Texas! You are making some interesting moves. Yes, you are.
- Why is the media ignoring a “cyber Pearl Harbor”?
- The disposable life of a confidential informant.
- Only Kevin D. Williamson and P.J. O’Rourke got it right about The Donald’s presidential announcement.
Yes, BHM was down
You may have noticed that BHM had problems yesterday. These were due to a major site overhaul and server move that should eventually produce good results (especially for mobile users).
But the upgrade was handled … um, gracelessly. We bloggers were caught by surprise (I was in the middle of posting at the moment things went unexpectedly haywire) and at least one reader reported getting a message that the site downage was due to a February 2010 upgrade. I gather there are still a few improvements to come, but things should be calmer today.
- Mike Vanderboegh is on a roll once again.
- Anyone have change for a quadrillion dollar bill?
- One of those things they didn’t teach us in school: “Born Free and Equal.” How a pair of Revolutionary War-era court cases helped end slavery in the north.
- I’ve stayed away from the whole kerfluffle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rebellion that refused fast-track authority to Obama. To me, there’s only one issue: the TPP is secret. So at best there’s nothing (yet) to support or oppose and at worst, it’s an act of tyranny. Then how is it that so many business publications and supposed freedomista publications wail and lament the (no doubt temporary) failure of TPP/TPA? Just because somebody’s attached the words “free trade” to something doesn’t make it so. And c’mon. Does anybody really think Obama would want TPP if it were about actual free trade?
- Oh well. Here’s a movingly strange SF story for you.
Xterra update (for those who care)
A repair on Friday fixed nothing while getting false hopes up. The mechanic then prevailed upon me to put the beast on a diagnostic scanner for a third time.
As before, the only code the wretched four-wheeled monster throws is P1320 — distributor issues. Yes, if you’ve been counting, the distributor has already been replaced twice (three times if you include the fact that it was successfully replaced 40k miles ago).
The guys who put the Xterra to the test were aware of the previous diagnostics and previous failures of new distributors to make one bit of difference. Certain vehicles, they concluded, simply require OEM distributors and nothing else will do.
So that’s either just shy of $200 from a junkyard (and who can even be sure it’s really an OEM part or what condition it might be in) or nearly $400 for a new (or maybe it’s remanufactured), guaranteed Nissan part. But though it’s guaranteed, it’s also listed as non-returnable because it’s an electronic part. Which confuses me to the max.
I spent hours researching but haven’t clicked to buy. I’ve lost all faith in the pronouncements of both diagnostic computers and “expert” mechanics. I can’t see spending that kind of money on yet another wild guess. Especially if the purchase might be irrevocable.
But many other suggestions (thank you) have been checked and didn’t pan out. Or they still remain to be tried but will be resource-consuming shots in the dark. How many weeks or months? How much money? And how many shots in the dark will it take? Somebody who loves the challenges of machinery might think this is nothing. Me? All I want is a ride that actually runs.
The only things I’m certain of are a) right now I’m inclined to give the Xterra away to any mechanically adept person who’ll take it off my hands and b) I’m going to take to drink. Very soon.
- The case against modern science. Fom the editor of one of the world’s most eminent medical journals. (H/T SC)
- It’s the time of year for dragging up old commencement speeches. The best ever, of course, was from J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. But two years ago, Joss Whedon gave one as only he could give it.
- Senate panel gives the okay for medical marijuana for veterans. It’s a step. And at the fed level where steps are badly needed.
- But oh! The horror! We’ll soon all be home-brewing heroin. The government! Must! DO SOMETHING! About this! (Tip o’ hat to SC)
- The art of avoiding war. (I’m posting this not for the author’s conclusions about U.S. warmaking matters, but for the history and tactics described.)
- Yep. Just gets creepier and creepier.
- But enough of the serious stuff. Have some gods. And angels and such. Transported from classic paintings to now. (Via Never Yet Melted. Which also offers this.)
I’ve been reading the “debate” between Young Turk Christopher Cantwell and older hand Jeffrey A. Tucker. I put debate in quotation marks because I’m not sure Tucker knows he’s being debated.
Cantwell’s “5 Habits of Highly Effective Radicals” …
… angrily answers Tucker’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians.”
For a couple of days, I’ve been thinking about making a response of my own, particularly to some of Cantwell’s points. There is so much to say!
But I’m not going to say it.
So I’m with Tucker, who talks about sustainability, while I also admire Cantwell’s fire and intransigence. Philosophically, I don’t think the two are as far apart as Cantwell perceives himself as being from Tucker — though attitudinally Cantwell is way, way out there. That is, out in the territory where he offends and perhaps scares even fellow anarchists.
If I were to sit down to a drink with one or the other of them, I’d choose Tucker. But I expect Cantwell’s the more entertaining YouTuber.
But OMG, the anger. Cantwell is not only angry; he promotes rage as a vital tool in an activist’s arsenal. He’s not only uncompromising; he’s intolerant of making common cause with allies who may not be fully philosophically on board. He not only advocates being rigorously well-informed; but he wants us all to have answers for every argument.
Just reading his words wears me out. While thinking about how to respond, I realized I already made my answer — nine years ago in those columns linked above. So no, I’m not going to essay an answer or answer him with an essay now. Commentariat, feel free to have at it.
I’ll just note that such fury and fierce focus as Cantwell advocates isn’t sustainable. Being driven by rage is not living. Certainly it’s not living free. Except for the rare individual who thrives on conflict (which Cantwell seems to be), that way lies burnout.
And as the angry activist goes up in flames, a lot of potential friends get singed.
It followed the Armenian genocide of 1915. More at The Zelman Partisans.
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