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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 ‘Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
  • Even a gun controller calls Obama’s response to the UCC campus killings a tantrum and correctly states that nothing Our Glorious Leader wants will end violence.
  • Here’s a pretty good fisk of Hillary Clinton’s latest opportunistic anti-gun knee-jerking, too. Again, it’s by somebody who’s hardly a pro-gun purist. Here’s another good one.
  • I’d expect this sort of thing in over-regulated, over-zoned cities, but when rural Colorado tries to keep people from living off-grid on their own land, we’re truly in a pickle. (Via jed in comments)
  • Have you ever complained about how some arbitrary credit score governs too much of your life (from the ability to rent an apartment to whether or not you can get a job)? Well, if this article is accurate, you should be glad you don’t live in China. Where your political opinions and those of your friends might soon be scored. (I must stress, though, that I don’t yet know how correct this info is. A writer on the ACLU site confirms the original piece, but more solid info is needed.)
  • TPP negotiations are finished and the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the (still largely secret) pact a betrayal.
  • The old-fashioned way to say this is, “The Bill of Rights isn’t a Chinese menu.” Pretty good thinking for a New York lawyer. ;-) (H/T S)
  • Sorry for the Schadenfreude, but I’m still laughing at “Zuckerberg’s $100 Million Lesson”.
Claire Wolfe

Friday linkathon

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
  • An anxious space geek makes good in Hollywood.
  • It’s just common sense that you should be free to shoot illegal home invaders. No matter who employs them.
  • Even when they are “legal” they are still sometimes scum who should not be welcomed in anything that calls itself a civilization.
  • While it’s not as unique as this article implies, the Anevay Frontier Stove looks like cool beans for preppers, campers, and small-house dwellers.
  • Doctor punches out pesky (and phony) ER patient. (I wonder if Japan has laws like ours that forbid doctors to turn anyone away from the ER.)
  • Do not try this at home.
  • 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?
  • Meanwhile, Forbes tries to discover where the missing Clinton millions might be.
  • The lighter side to those new ICD-10 medical codes.
  • Thank you, bear.
  • Tribe to open a marijuana resort.
  • Your fingerprints can tell a lot more than whether you were at the scene of the crime.
  • 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.
  • “Parallel construction is a controversial investigative technique that takes information gained from sources like the NSA’s mass surveillance, covers up or lies about the sources, and then utilizes them in criminal investigations inside the United States.” Your gummint at work.
  • 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.
Claire Wolfe

Yikes, the open tabs are taking over the world!

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

So … a gigantic Sunday morning linkathon …

  • The technology is ancient. Mark Twain knew all about it. But making gunpowder with urine is taking the gun blogs by storm. Smoky black powder it’ll be. But one more way that all the self-righteous bans in the world won’t end firearms.
  • We all know not to talk to cops, but in a moment of surprise and stress, the temptation to “cooperate” is enormous. The astute Ken White explains the WHY of things in a way that might help us zip our lips.
  • The Motley Fool test drives an Elio.
  • Another way Oregon did its pot legalization better than Washington: a reprieve for past offenders.
  • And even in benighted Massachusetts a judge tells cops they can’t stop drivers for pot alone.
  • Eeeeeew. Another government-aided environmental mess
  • Ray Bradbury, Epictetus, and the real reason we should quit coddling every weak, fainting, “offended” soul.
  • Hillary vs FOIA.
  • White House considered disguising malware as updates. Heck, what else is new? In this era of forced cloud computing Microsoft does that routinely.
  • Student studying counterterrorism gets questioned by school security for … um, reading a book about terrorism.
  • Can you really “create a public disturbance” that only you and the cop involved can hear?
  • Netflix knows the exact moment you get hooked on a streaming series. (But they can’t tell when I watch my Orange is the New Black DVDs with the Internet connection disabled!)
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

(Big H/T to jb)

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
  • Some climate scientists want those who disagree with them to be charged with treason. The latest bunch isn’t so hysterical in its desire to suppress opposition. They merely want the RICO statutes levied against those who don’t share their opinions. Somebody should tell them this isn’t how science “settles” questions.
  • Bovard has an article in Barrons on how the Nazgul discarded existing rights while proclaiming new ones.
  • Cane-weilding “pacifist” homeowner gets gun from intruder and kills him dead.
  • Fascinating. Why Holocaust denial exists and why Jews are guilty of it, too. (H/T E.A.) Yes, you and I know most of this, but so many won’t even look at the facts!
  • Ouch! Another use for a GoPro camera.
  • Sigh. Another sad result from Washington state’s pot legalization. (Unlike Colorado’s and several of the other new laws, WA’s was largely the work of former drug warriors, not cannabis fanciers.)
  • My dog Ava could spend days on end doing this.
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, September 18th, 2015
  • Pilot diverts an international flight to save a dog traveling in cargo. (Yeah, I’ll bet that made some passengers mad, but …)
  • The busybodies and their puppets in poly-ticks who hope to control all human behavior (including human ingenuity), really ought to have another think: prisoner nearly escapes using toothpaste and thread.
  • Director of the Nobel Institute at the time President Unicorn got his peace prize regrets the award.
  • Speaking of Obama, he’s just signed an executive order essentially allowing fedgov agencies to perform social “science” research on us all. Naturally, the evil father of “libertarian paternalism (spit!),” Cass Sunstein, has a hand in this.
  • Yes, expat haven Panama is really, truly lightening up its gun laws. Not enough, mind you, but it’s a start and it’s not just a rumor. (H/T jb)
  • Headline says it all: “Two of the nation’s top cops will be responsible for the next targeted killings.” Okay, not directly responsible; that will lie on the heads of the killers. But these guys will have aided and abetted. So far, however, there is no “war on police.”
  • How many cops does it take to deal with a jaywalking kid? Even if he is showing some attitude (which, so far, seems unproven anyhow).
  • 11 secrets to a successful ER visit. (Sent by ML, who knows.)
  • Some techies have invented a system for making “anonymous” online surveys actually anonymous.
Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
  • “Elite” SWAT cops petulently destroy their own office.
  • So what do you suppose this guy was ticketed for?
  • I’m not sure which is more remarkable: that three-year-olds are now getting type II diabetes or that this one recovered with sensible lifestyle changes.
  • Your government at work — threatening, bombing, shooting, and otherwise terrorizing its unwanted neighbors. (Via Shel in comments)
  • Here’s a new thought (and a longish article on it): what if all those creeps who are aggregating and selling our personal data are a national-security threat? (Everything else is, so why not them?)
  • Americans (particularly those of means) continue to surrender their citizenship in record numbers. Small numbers, still. But growing thanks to punitive banking and tax laws.
  • Yep, Bob, you’re right. The hysteria over Ahmed’s clock is exactly in the same dishonorable tradition as the nutzoid over-reaction to the notorious gun-shaped Pop-Tart.
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

(H/T to the Usual Suspects ;-) )

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, September 14th, 2015
  • In the era of Common Core, classical education begins to rebound.
  • Why on earth is there even a debate about whether cops who kill people should be identified? Especially when this is the LEO culture we live with? If you or I killed somebody, or were even suspected of it, our names would be blatted all over the media.
  • Woman says she was strip-searched, drugged, and locked up in a metal ward (and billed for it) because cops don’t believe she owned her BMW.
  • Man in jail for minor offenses ends up in a coma because jailers wouldn’t let paramedics take him to the hospital.
  • The cultural silliness gets sillier. In one corner of the arts universe, Snow White is no longer allowed to be accompanied by dwarves. (A healthy LOL that prominent dwarf actor Warwick Davis — Professor Flitwick, Griphook, and Willow Ufgood — is among the first to object.)
  • World’s dumbest bank robber asks clerk to put the stolen funds into his personal account.

(Big H/T MJR!)

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
  • Library joins the TOR network to give its computer-using patrons privacy. Local cops intervene. Hope is not yet lost, however.
  • Skunk water. Cops’ latest weapon against we the uppity — and anybody else who happens to be in the way.
  • Yes, that 13-year-old boy was stupid. But then, 13-year-old boys are. Law enforcers ought to know better.
  • If you happen to be passing through Colorado on Wednedsday …
  • Those new, more complicated (and vastly more invasive) medical codes Shel warned about in a recent comment section are to become official on October 1. Quadruple the info for doctors and medical billers to cope with and more info on you going to government. Even if the so-called “benefits” of the codes were valid, this just goes farther in turning doctors into unpaid government research teams and informants.
  • A new titanium rib cage for a cancer patient. Is there anything 3D printing can’t do?
  • “15 Books to Read This Fall.” Normally, I ignore lists like this ’cause 15 books some posturing media intellectual recommends are usually about as good as 15 bottles of sleeping pills. But this list of new titles for the fall looks great. Books for real people! (And of course, you can get them using my Amazon links, thank you very much.)

(Big H/T MJR)

Good luck to anyone who’s in northern California right now, having to deal with those monstrous new fires. Unbelievable how far and fast they’re spreading.



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