It’s here: the 3D-printed revolver. The hoplophobic panic will surely not be far behind. (H/T S)
It’s also here: the first private space race. I doubt the Bezos vs Musk is quite as theatrically adversarial as the media would have us think. What a good thing, though, eh? May the best man win. Better yet, may both men win.
We noted in a recent links section that a third state (Oregon; home of BHM) had started legal cannabis sales “and nobody cared.” Well, somebody did. Oregon’s first week of sales beat Colorado and Washington combined.
We live in a world where “experts” say that executing a 12-year-old playing alone in a park with a toy gun is “reasonable.”
The eight best war cries of all time. In somebody or another’s opinion. Hm. I dunno. While I wouldn’t have wanted to hear it coming at me armed and dangerous, the only one of those cries still available to living ears isn’t all that impressive.
A “second Snowden” — or is it a “third Manning”? — has emerged. This time revealing the official record on drone-war horrors.
When I found that last link over at Wendy and Brad’s place, I got a pleasant shock to see #4, which I hadn’t heard in years and never expected to turn up on such a list. So, smiling away, here it is again, courtesy of Velojym (who created the video):
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.
Stirring myself to the right words after One of Those Tragedies always takes a while. First, there’s the dragged-down feeling of “here we go again.” The antis rush gleefully on stage to perform their blood dances and once again, decent people need to respond to them, if for no other reason than to keep the record straight.
We can’t even stop to speak with decency and sympathy for the horrible losses because to speak at all is to become political. And that’s obscene.
Mass murders, whether by bomb or knife or vehicle or poison, are horrific individual tragedies. But mass murders by firearm result in a dreary sameness.
John McAfee brings his famously wild brain (and unfortunately a lack of solid stats) to his claim that we should forget gun control and worry more about EZ EMPs. Challenged on the EMP question, he backs up his claim that a smart kid could destroy a city. I don’t know how good his information is, but this’ll make you think. His smackdown of Obama’s single-issue silliness is good, in any case.
HEADS UP! Obama’s headed to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to continue politicizing the UCC murders for the sake of his anti-gun agenda. Locals and other activists are responding with a rally telling the Hoplophobe in Chief that he and his anti-rights agenda aren’t welcome in rural Oregon.
If you’re in the area and can attend, please send reports and photos. I’ll gladly post them here.
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.
Personally, I think all these busybodies who are so worried about every little thing being “cultural appropriation” should quit speaking English. After all, our language has been appropriating words from other cultures at a furious pace for thousands of years. Our culture would be considerably improved if the “appropriation” yakkers stuck to speaking pure Anglo-Saxon.
While I don’t agree with every word of this, her core argument does make sense. But excess license can produce twists similar to excess repression, too.